Minister English launches German traineeships for Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD, today launched 40 traineeships / placements for Irish graduates. The initiative is funded from the Irish Erasmus+ budget and builds on a 2012 recommendation from the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs that the programme should be used to support employability and German language learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 November]

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Ministers promise basket of gifts for German science

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Germany“Germany’s universities and large science organizations have been promised a continuing windfall to help them to cope with rising student enrolment and increasing competition for grant money. Political leaders have pledged €25.3 billion (US$31.6 billion) over the next six years …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 31 October]

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How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Germany“If Germany has done it, why can’t we? That’s the question being asked by many students around the world in countries that charge tuition fees to university …” (more)

[Barbara Kehm, The Conversation, 13 October]


Germany is scrapping tuition fees – why can’t England?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Germany“In Germany, fees were a brief experiment overthrown by popular protest. British students should start a mass campaign for free education …” (more)

[Deborah Hermanns, Guardian, 7 October]

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Last German state to do away with university tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

Germany“All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge. ‘Tuition fees are socially unjust’, said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg …” (more)

[The Australian, 23 September]


Rectors’ conference head slams EU funding priorities

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2014 by steve

EU“A leading German higher education official has spoken out against the European Union’s funding priorities for next year. According to Professor Horst Hippler, president of the German Rectors’ Conference – the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz or HRK – the EU is doing too much for agriculture while neglecting research and innovation …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 19 August]

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Munich university accused of ‘abandoning’ German language over English course row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Top German university criticised by politicians and business leaders after announcing plans to teach all master’s courses in English. One of Germany’s top universities has been accused of ‘abandoning’ the national language after it announced plans to start teaching all of its master’s courses in English …” (more)

[Alastair Beach, Telegraph, 26 July]

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Top university switches master’s to English

Posted in Teaching on July 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat …” (more)

[Felix Reimer, The Local, 24 July]

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German University Tells Elsevier ‘No Deal’

Posted in Research on March 27th, 2014 by steve

Germany“In the latest skirmish between academia and publishers over the costs of academic journals, the University of Konstanz in Germany has broken off negotiations over a new licensing agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 27 March]

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The Global Search for Education: What Germany Did

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Germany’s poor performance in the 2000 PISA test surprised and concerned the relevant stakeholders in that country. By 2012, scores in mathematics, reading and science were above the OECD average …” (more)

[CM Rubin, Huffington Post, 23 February]

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Third level: the view from abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

International“How do the systems in other countries select, stream and educate students, and how do they pay for them? Our correspondents assess the degrees of difference …” (more)

[Lara Marlowe and others, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Germany’s great tuition fees U-turn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2014 by steve

Germany“During the past eight years, university tuition fees were introduced into most west German federal states. Yet in a few months, every single state will have abolished them …” (more)

[Howard Hotson, Times Higher Education, 13 February]

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Exposing a Corporate Trend in Higher Education in Germany

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Christian Humborg wants German universities and corporations to know: They’re being watched. As managing director of Transparency International Germany, a nongovernmental organization that fights corruption, Mr. Humborg sees a troubling trend in German higher education …” (more)

[HT: Brendan Guilfoyle]
[Paul Hockenos, New York Times, 9 February]

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University unenrolls all of its students by mistake

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2013 by steve

Germany“A university in Dresden mistakenly sent an email to all of its 37,000 students and entire staff on Sunday telling them they had been unenrolled from the institution. Its Wikipedia page was swiftly altered to state it had no students …” (more)

[Kate Ferguson, The Local, 12 November]


Germany Backtracks on Tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2013 by steve

Germany“Oliver Tessenow feels upset. In his five years of undergraduate and graduate studies at Leibniz University Hanover, he has had to pay tuition, but as he prepares to leave next year with a master’s degree in education, the university plans to abolish the fees …” (more)

[Christopher F Schuetze, New York Times, 25 August]

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German-style apprenticeship system is what our youth need

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, we rightly rejoiced when Rob Heffernan won a gold medal in Moscow. But the media took no notice when Joseph Kelly won a gold medal at Leipzig last July. Thereby hangs a tale of class prejudice and crass stupidity …” (more)

[Eoghan Harris, Independent, 18 August]

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Bundestag president in PhD plagiarism probe

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2013 by steve

Germany“President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, faced on Tuesday accusations of plagiarising his doctorate. He denies the charges and has welcomed the University of Bochum to check the work …” (more)

[The Local, 30 July]

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Academics support plagiarism whistleblower petition

Posted in Legal issues on July 12th, 2013 by steve

Germany“More than 600 academics in Germany have signed a petition demanding that cases of plagiarism and data manipulation be settled in discourses at subject level …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 11 July]

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Germans Boycott University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

Germany“The results of the CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development) University Ranking, a subject-level classification covering a range of academic disciplines, have been published each spring since 1998 …” (more)

[Universities in Crisis, 21 June]

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Uni switches to feminine professor titles for men

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2013 by steve

Germany“The University of Leipzig has voted to adopt the feminine version of the word for ‘professor’ as its default. In German Professorin refers to a female professor while Professor is the male equivalent …” (more)

[The Local, 5 June]

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