Elsevier Gets Blocked in Sweden After it Legally Requires Internet Providers to Make Sci-Hub Locally Inaccessible

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2018 by steve

“As the largest player in the journal publishing market, Elsevier is significantly exposed to the risk that illegal file downloading, such as of its paywall-protected articles through Sci-Hub, a platform for illicit sharing of copyright-protected content …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 26 November]

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Sweden cancels Elsevier contract as open-access dispute spreads

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“Swedish universities have moved to cancel their contract with journal publisher Elsevier as concern over slow progress towards open access spreads. The Bibsam Consortium, which represents 85 higher education and research institutions in the country, said that its current agreement with Elsevier would not be renewed after 30 June …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 16 May]

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College in Sweden is free but students still have a ton of debt – How can that be?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2013 by steve

Sweden“Swedish colleges and universities are free. Yep. Totally free. But students there still end up with a lot of debt. The average at the beginning of 2013 was roughly 124,000 Swedish krona ($19,000). Sure, the average US student was carrying about 30% more, at $24,800. But remember: Free …” (more)

[Matt Phillips, Quartz, 31 May]

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Universities prepare to change PhD students’ status

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

Sweden“Several Swedish universities are preparing to employ all doctoral students from 2015, changing from the current system in which PhD students receive financial support that varies according to the funding source …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 23 February]

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‘I knew three things about Sweden; everyone was blonde, it was cold and ABBA’

Posted in Life on December 4th, 2012 by steve

“My Education Week: Louise Farrell, Erasmus student, Uppsala, Sweden. MONDAY. I nip into university on my bike. I have called her Jasmine and we cannot be separated …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 December]

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Plagiarism on the rise at Swedish universities

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Some 800 students were suspended or received a formal warning due to cheating at Swedish universities last year, an increase of 5% compared to 2010, according to a new report from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education …” (more)

[University World News, 23 September]

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Strasbourg Case Law: Gillberg v. Sweden, Criminal conviction for refusal to give access to research files, no violation of Convention

Posted in Legal issues on April 15th, 2012 by steve

“In its decision in Gillberg v Sweden the Grand Chamber of the European Court has, more firmly than the 2010 judgment of the Third Section, confirmed that Swedish professor, Christopher Gillberg could not rely on his right of privacy under Article 8, nor on his (negative) right to freedom of expression and information under Article 10 of the Convention to justify his refusal to give access to research material …” (more)

[Dirk Voorhoof and Rónán Ó Fathaigh, Inforrm’s Blog, 14 April]

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Sweden: International students shun tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The number of international students studying in Sweden will fall more than 75% next academic year, following the introduction of tuition fees, according to new figures on the number of advance payments made …” (more)

[University World News, 3 July]


New Barriers to a Foreign Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2011 by steve

“At the same time that the number of university students who study abroad continues to climb, a few countries have moved to put up barriers to entry. Three nations — Australia, Britain and Sweden — have made access to their highly attractive higher education systems more difficult for foreigners …” (more)

[Christopher F Schuetze, New York Times, 3 April]

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Women locked out of research

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2011 by steve

“Sweden’s investment in research deemed to be of strategic ‘excellence’ has favoured male researchers over female researchers by a ratio of nearly 9:1 over the past decade, according to a government report released last month …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 9 January]


Key universities set foreign fees for 2011

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2010 by steve

“Sweden is for the first time to make international students pay for their tuition, and leading universities have announced the fees they will levy from 2011 on students from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 5 September]

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EU probes ‘discriminatory’ student selection

Posted in Legal issues on August 15th, 2010 by steve

“Sweden’s newly adopted university entrance selection process has come under fire for discriminating against students from other Nordic countries and the European Union. After receiving a complaint, the European Commission has now asked the Swedish government for an explanation …” (more)

[Ard Jongsma, University World News, 15 August]

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Which is your Priority: Research or Teaching?

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2010 by steve

“… At the moment it feels as if I need an extra job (and perhaps an extra life) to be able to respond to the demands of research and publishing on one hand and prepare for teaching several courses on the other. During my summer vacation I should have been working on my book, due, as my editor kindly reminded me just the other day, on September 15 …” (more)

[Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Inside Higher Ed, 10 August]


New charges present new challenges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2010 by steve

“The decision to introduce tuition fees for foreign students has met strong objections by Swedish student unions and a massive e-mail response to Local – Sweden’s News in English. But for two of the universities enrolling most foreign students, the government’s decision will mean an immediate income loss in the millions …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 February]


Sweden Will Start Charging Tuition to Foreign Students Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2010 by steve

“The Swedish government announced on Friday that, beginning in the fall of 2011, foreign students from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland will be charged tuition at Swedish universities. As is still the case in a handful of other European countries, including much of Germany, tuition at public universities in Sweden is free and fully subsidized through taxes, with no distinction made for foreign students …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]


Aiming for 5,000 foreign PhDs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2010 by steve

“One in four doctorate candidates in Sweden are foreign citizens. There were 4,179 of them in 2008 in a PhD student population of 16,900, an increase since 1999 of 62%. Of newly-recruited doctoral students in 2008, 32% or 1040 people were foreigners, up from 19% in 1999. The annual increase was 19% between 2007 and 2008 alone, indicating a significant change in the recruitment pattern …” (more)

[University World News, 21 February]

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Universities call for fee delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2009 by steve

“Top university academics have called on the Swedish government to delay plans to introduce fees for foreign students. The pro-rectors said making students pay fees would affect their internationalisation work and erode international masters degrees taught in English …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 29 November]


Educated women ‘aid long life’

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2009 by steve

Sweden“A well-educated woman positively influences both her own and her partner’s chances of a long life, Swedish research suggests. A man whose partner had only a school education has a 25% greater risk of dying early than if she had had a university education, it suggests …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 October]

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