UCC head silent on student loan idea

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy said he wasn’t going to waste a minute thinking about ‘kite flying’ when asked his opinion on the student loan system being explored by an expert group due to report to the Minister for Education next month …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 December]

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‘Harry Potter’ creator’s charity to fund research at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care of children. Lumos, named after Harry Potter’s light-giving spell, has commissioned the Unesco Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway to conduct research into understanding why 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and how families can be reunited …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Global education targets will not be met, report finds

Posted in Teaching on March 26th, 2014 by steve

“None of the targets set in 2000 to improve basic education around the world will be met by the deadline next year, a report has found. Ireland was one of the 160 countries that agreed six goals relating to early childhood, universal primary and secondary education …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Lost leaders – Women in the global academy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2014 by steve

International“Women have never been better represented in higher education than they are today. Globally, female students outnumber male students in two out of every three countries, according to data reported to UNESCO …” (more)

[Louise Morley, University World News, 10 January]

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Rankings and accountability in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2013 by steve

International“UNESCO has released a new publication, Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and misuses, which debates the pros and cons of classifying universities. A UNESCO release says the book brings together …” (more, download)

[University World News, 29 June]

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QS World University Rankings approved by IREG

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2013 by steve

International“… The International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Executive Committee, at its meeting in Warsaw on 15th May 2013, decided to grant to QS the rights to use the ‘IREG Approved’ label in relation to the following three rankings …” (more)

[QS Intelligence Unit, 16 May]

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A US Withdrawal from Unesco Would Hurt Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2012 by steve

“On September 12, 2002, speaking at the United Nations to mark the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, US President George W Bush announced that the United States would rejoin Unesco. The United States had quit Unesco in 1984 …” (more)

[John Daniel, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 February]

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The future of universities: research or teaching?

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 12th, 2011 by steve

“In this very interesting blog, Sir John Daniel of the Commonwealth of Learning and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic of UNESCO, speculate on the following: Will higher education split over the next decade or two into a public sector focussed on research and a for-profit sector doing most of the teaching? …” (more)

[Tony Bates, 11 February]


UNESCO puts controversial science award on ice

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2010 by steve

“UNESCO has found a way to avoid awarding a controversial science prize sponsored by an African dictator, whose regime is widely viewed as corrupt and repressive. The Paris-based education, science and culture organization is not explicitly rejecting the $300,000-per-year life-sciences prize – funded with a $3 million donation from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, The Great Beyond, 20 October]


More researchers in developing countries

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2010 by steve

“A new study by the Montreal-based Unesco Institute for Statistics has identified a startling 56% increase in the number of researchers in developing countries between 2002 and 2007. In the same period, numbers in developed countries grew by less than 9% although women are still under-represented in research in both …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 21 February]


The new dynamics of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2009 by steve

International“We face the most highly synchronised recession ever, which has left no corner of the globe untouched. Fiscal stimulus packages have helped mitigate its worst effects but the crisis is not over yet. The world economy heads for zero growth in 2009 bringing with it an employment and social crisis that will affect higher education. We need to address the social and human dimensions of the crisis. This means that recovery plans have to support the most vulnerable and include investing in skills development, education and enhanced training projects …” (more)

[Angel Gurría, University World News, 19 July]

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World Conference calls for higher education action

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2009 by steve

International“The past decade has provided evidence that higher education and research contribute to the eradication of poverty, to sustainable development and to progress towards reaching global development goals, says the final communiqué of the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education. It outlines 15 calls for action by states ranging from adequate investment and better working conditions for academics to combating the brain drain and degree mills …” (more)

[Karen MacGregor, University World News, 9 July]


Trends in global higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2009 by steve

International“Key drivers of a 21st century academic ‘revolution’ are identified in a trend report produced for this week’s UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education. The drivers are the massification of tertiary systems everywhere, the ‘public good’ versus ‘private good’ debate, the impacts of information and communications technology, and the rise of the knowledge economy and globalisation. All major changes in higher education stem in one way or another from these motivating forces, the report’s authors say …” (more)

[Karen MacGregor, University World News, 5 July]

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Protecting Academic Freedom – UNESCO

Posted in Legal issues on June 5th, 2009 by steve

International“The June 2009 edition of the British Journal of Education Studies (BJES) focuses specifically on academic freedom, and to mark the publication of this special edition of the journal, the Society for Educational Studies hosted a special seminar on ‘Understanding Academic Freedom’ at the Rothermere American Institute, at the University of Oxford on 20th May, at which the contributors to the special edition, addressed the question ‘How is academic freedom understood in the 21st Century?’ …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 4 June]

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Students call for a global ombudsman

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2009 by steve

“Student rights are being violated in institutions around the world and students’ groups have called on UNESCO to establish a global ombudsman’s office to tackle breaches of their rights. At a meeting in Paris last month, student representatives from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America discussed issues they will present to the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education to be held in July. It was the first time in five years that 17 organisations representing students across the globe took part in an official preparatory meeting for the conference. The meeting was organised by the European Students’ Union, through its international cooperation working group which is run by member organisations in Switzerland and Norway. Backed by UNESCO and Education International, the representatives discussed plans for future student cooperation at the international level and submissions to go to the conference…” (more)

[University World News, 15 February]

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UNESCO Takes On International Diploma Mills

Posted in Legal issues on January 30th, 2009 by steve

“The growing demand for college degrees, the globalization of the education market, and the Internet are combining to create a more favorable climate for diploma mills around the world, says Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, chief of the section for reform, innovation, and quality assurance in higher education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Ms. Uvalic-Trumbic, who spoke this morning at the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, explained several measures that Unesco has taken to help prevent fake colleges from succeeding …” (more)

[Eric Kelderman, Chronicle, 29 January]

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NUIG allocated first UNESCO-sponsored post

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2008 by steve

“Any government keen to save money will ensure that continued support is given to preventative and early intervention services for children in potential difficulty and there is an “overwhelming economic argument” for such an approach, according to Prof Pat Dolan, who has been appointed to the new UNESCO chair at NUI Galway (NUIG). The chair in children, youth and civic engagement is the first UNESCO-sponsored post of its type in a university in the State …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 October]

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