Sharing information on IAU activities and higher education in the world
Vol. 10, No 04, May 2013
Save the dates: IAU 2014 International Conference: 19-21 March 2014
Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development is the theme of the IAU 2014 International Conference co-organized with and hosted by Universidad Cientifica del Peru (UCP) in Iquitos, Peru.
GMA (V), 24-26 April 2013, Manchester, UK
Just over 70 participants took part in the day-and a half long IAU Global Meeting of Associations co-organized by Northern Universities UK which included representatives of all the major regional associations: the African Association of Universities (AAU), the European University Association (EUA), the Arab Association of Universities (ArAU), the Union of Latin American Universities (UDUAL), the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), as well as the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) , the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Inter American Organization of Universities (IOHE) and national associations and specialized groups from Europe, Africa and North America and Australia. A report on the 5th GMA discussions of various aspects of diversity in higher education will be prepared and made available online.
4th IAU Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education
IAU will be sending out an electronic invitation to all higher education institutions listed in the World Higher Education Database to participate in this 4th edition of the only global survey on internationalization. The questionnaire has been prepared in collaboration with and support from an Advisory Committee of experts and sponsoring partners which include the European Commission, the British Council, NAFSA and the EAIE. Make certain that your university takes part by completing the online survey sent to the Head of the Institution and the International Office (or its equivalent). Invitations will go out around 2 May 2013.
IAU – Global Academic Jobs partnership
A new service and benefit made available to IAU Member institutions has resulted from a partnership agreement with the GlobalAcademyJobs.com, an academic recruitment job site which provides significant discounts and advertising opportunities, including two complimentary adverts, to all IAU Members. More information is available here
CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION
OER and the Academic Librarian: Call for Participation
IAU is launching a project entitled Training and Support Programme for Academic Librarians on OER Use, Reuse, and Production. Its aim is to reach a greater uptake, production and practice of Open Educational Resources (OER) through the training of Academic Librarians. The first step of the project is a validation workshop organized in September 2013 in collaboration with the Association of African Universities to refine the IAU OER project. To participate, please fill the form. Deadline: 10 June 2013.
Call for participation in the IAU Portal on Higher Education and Sustainable Development
The IAU HESD Portal presents actions and initiatives developed by the higher education community from around the world to promote sustainable development. The aim of the portal is to showcase these and to inspire new initiatives elsewhere. Your contributions are sought: please check if your university actions are listed and thank you for sending information that you would like to see included. Your involvement is crucial; it will allow for this tool to become useful to all. It will be featured at the World Conference on ESD – the Conference that will mark the end of the UNDESD and the beginning of the post-2014 framework of action. Be part of it! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Issue of HEP on Doctoral Education in Africa: Call for Papers
To contribute a paper for this special issue of the IAU Quarterly peer reviewed journal Higher Education Policy, please write to Nicholas Poulton. Deadline: 31 May 2013
IAU Highlights from the Press
The 3rd issue of IAU Highlights from the Press was sent on 10 April 2013 to IAU Member and posted online for the larger higher education community at the end of the same month. The Highlights is a new service providing a selection of articles on higher education topics as they have appeared in the press worldwide during the past month. The articles, in English and French, are analysed and selected on the basis of frequency of occurrence of the subject they tackle, as well as their geographical and thematic relevance. The themes chosen are taken from the UNESCO thesaurus, together with the IAU priority themes.This new service is still at testing phase. Comments can be sent to: email@example.com
EUA Annual Conference, Ghent University, 11-12 April, 2013, Belgium
As chair and moderator of the Opening Plenary of the Annual Conference of the European University Association, IAU Secretary-General, Eva Egron-Polak introduced the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou and keynote speakers, and the heads of Maastricht University and University of Johannesburg. All addressed the theme New Models of Internationalization: European policies, national priorities and institutional strategies. The IAU Secretary-General also chaired one of two working groups focusing on the development of internationalization strategies at the institutional level in the context of new EU policy of internationalization (or in EU terms policy on collaboration with non-European institutions). The EU Commission expects to release this policy in June 2013. EUA also released two reports on the occasion of the conference: Internationalization in European higher education resulting from a recent consultation of EUA members to provide input into this new EU policy, and the 2nd EUA Report on Global University Rankings and their Impact. Several IAU Board Members were also present and active at the conference, namely Prof. Pam Fredman, University of Gothenburg, Marianne Granfelt, Association of Swedish Higher Education, Patricia Pol, Université Paris-Est Creteil and Sir Howard Newby, University of Liverpool. The reports are available online at http://www.eua.be
UN-DESD Reference Group Meeting, UNESCO, Paris, France, 9-10 April 2013
Dr. H. van ‘t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development, took part in the April 2013 UN-DESD Reference Group Meeting which focused on the development of a programme framework to be led by UNESCO for 2014-2021 and in which IAU will probably be involved. The meeting devoted part of the debates to discussing climate change education (CCE) and how to build bridges between CCE and ESD in the future.
More on IAU work on HESD, here
More on UNESCO and ESD at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/
For detailed information on these activities, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More on the Association at: http://www.iau-aiu.net
Reminder of Important IAU Dates2013
UNESCOUNESCO: Awards; Women; Researchers
The five laureates of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2013 have been announced. The prize is granted each year to five women scientists - one per continent - for their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society. The awards ceremony took place on 28 March 2013 at the Observatoire de Paris, France.
UNESCO: Fellowships; Young Researchers; Women; Call for Participation
UNESCO has circulated the call for applications to the UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships 2014 to all National Commissions and Field Offices. This fellowship is granted to 15 young women scientists - three per continent - to encourage international scientific cooperation and the developing of cross-cultural networks. Deadline: 30 May 2013.
for-young-women-in-the-life-sciences (Presentation from New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO)
http://www.fwis.fr/en/user_session/new (platform to submit applications)
UNESCO: Educational Forecasting; EFA
UNESCO Education Research and Foresight (ERF) has released an Occasional Paper entitled Revisiting Learning: The treasure within, Assessing the influence of the 1996 Delors Report. After a reminder of the vision outlined in the Delors Report, the Paper investigates how it has impacted the conceptualization of education, education policy and practice since then and how this vision relates to UNESCO programmes, and more particularly to EFA.
UNESCO: ICTs; Science Education; Engineering Education
On 13 April 2013, UNESCO and Intel signed a five-year framework agreement to build capacity in engineering and science worldwide and harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) for educational advancement. Both organizations plan to work on enhancing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics capacities of universities, with a special focus on Africa.
Bahrain, Indonesia, Kenya, and Oman were the four partner countries represented at the Inception Meeting of the Implementing the Paris OER Declaration project which was held from 26 to 27 March 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The participants reviewed the project’s objectives, shared ideas and practices about OER policies and drafted a plan for the implementation of national-level OER policies in the four partner countries.
UNESCO: Women; Equal Opportunity; Educational Opportunity
How can we better ensure girls’ education, from literacy to higher education? was the theme of the second out of three round-tables that UNESCO organized in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (IOF) on the occasion of the first Global Forum of Francophone Women in Paris, France on 20 March 2013.
francophones-2013/p-24782-Revoir-les-tables-rondes-du-20-mars-2013.htm (in French)
Other international initiativesAgence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): Educational Administrators
The AUF Northern African regional Bureau organised the first meeting of Directors of Grandes Ecoles and other non-university institutions on 18 March 2013. Its aim was to facilitate communication and collaboration between higher education leaders from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) : OER
AUF has launched HAL-Francophonie, an open-access repository where students and academics can share their information and research results with the worldwide community of researchers.
http://hal-auf.archives-ouvertes.fr/ (in French)
Association of American Universities (AAU)/ League of European Research Universities (LERU)/ Australian Group of Eight (Go8): Research Universities; Educational Associations
AAU, LERU and Go8 are considering joining forces to tackle the challenges facing research institutions worldwide. The initial focus will be on a joint statement on the roles and importance of research universities and the development of indicators for benchmarking.
Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU): Science Administration
ACU has published a report on Research Management in African Universities: From awareness raising to developing structures. Based on the results of a project whose objective was to help five universities to develop their organisational structures for research management, it explains and discusses issues related to research management.
Education International (EI): EFA; Higher Education
In relation to the 4th Meeting of the High Level Panel (HLP) held in Bali, Indonesia, from 25 to 27 March 2013, EI published Education For All and the Global Development Agenda Beyond 2015 - Principles for a Post-2015 Education and Development Framework. It provides recommendations for a quality public education and includes the improvement of access and pathways to higher education.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): International Education
HACU held its 10th International Conference on Creating Global-minded Environments on our Campuses in San Antonio, Texas, from 27 February to 1 March 2013. It addressed topics such as international programmes, student mobility, teaching, bilingualism or best practices.
International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE): Distance Education; Policy
Following the study of regulatory frameworks for distance education (cf. e-bulletin May 2012), ICDE has developed a policy brief on Open and Distance Education and its place in modern education systems.
International Labour Organization (ILO): Education and Employment
ILO has released the Employment Policy Brief Youth Guarantees: a Response to the Youth Employment Crisis? which discusses the concept of “youth guarantee” (entitlement to a job, training or education) as a tool to solve youth unemployment.
International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE): Quality Assurance; Sustainable Development
INQAAHE held its 2013 Biennial Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, from 8 to 11 April 2013. Under the main theme of Managing Diversity: Sustainable quality assurance processes, four subthemes were discussed: the quality assurance (QA) of trans-border education, innovative approaches to external QA in tertiary education, impact of QA and the effects of external and internal QA, and national qualifications frameworks and their links to QA.
Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO): Action Plan
ISESCO has announced the main objectives of its 2013-2015 Action Plan: to achieve sustainable development and to provide correct information about Islam and the Muslims.
Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO): Scientific Cooperation
ISESCO held the 2nd meeting of the country coordinators for the Pan-Islamic Research and Education Network (PIREN) where experts exchanged their experiences in research and education networks. The creation of working groups to strengthen links between universities and research centres was also considered.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Regional Development; Mexico
The OECD has released a publication under its Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) programme on Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Sonora, Mexico 2013. It explores how the State could expand its economic and social development through its universities and technological institutions.
Research Data Alliance (RDA): Access to Information; Research
The Research Data Alliance was officially launched on 18 March 2013. Funded through Australian, European and American research programmes and organisations, it is meant to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonization, and discoverability.
See also the RDA first plenary meeting which was held in Gothenburg, Sweden from 18 to 20 March 2013.
United Nations: Science and Development; Sustainable Development
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) jointly organized the Expert Group Meeting on Science and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20-21 March 2013. Its aim was to provide a space for the scientific community to discuss how science can best inform the SDG process, and to initiate a dialogue with the policy makers who are engaged in intergovernmental deliberations on the SDG.
World Academy of Science (TWAS): Fellowships; Doctoral Degrees; Call for Participation
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) signed an agreement that resulted in the creation of the President’s Fellowship Programme which will sponsor 140 students from developing countries every year to pursue a PhD programme at a Chinese university or CAS institute. Deadline: 15 June 2013.
African Academy of Sciences (AAS): Periodicals; Science Education
The March 2013 issue of the Whydah Newsletter – AAS information and policy magazine includes articles on: Engineering Education in Africa; and Science Education and Scientific Research in Africa and includes the names of the new Fellows of AAS admitted for the year 2012.
African Development Bank (AfDB): Education and Employment
AfDB organized a regional conference on the employment of young higher education graduates in Rabat, Morocco, from 12 to 13 March 2013. It discussed the relationship between the State, the universities, the students, and the employers in North Africa.
African Union (AU): Quality Assurance
AU held an Accreditation and Quality Assurance Workshop on the establishment of a continental accreditation agency for higher education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 10 to 11 April 2013. The participants also recommended the setting up of a continental quality assurance framework.
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA): Awards; Educational Research
ADEA held a brainstorming session to analyse the achievements, challenges and sustainability of the 1st edition of the Education Research in Africa Award. The Awards are offered in 4 categories: Emerging, accomplished, or outstanding educational researcher; and enabling institutional environment for educational research.
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA): Grants; Postgraduates; Call for Participation
CODESRIA has launched the 2013 edition of its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing. The Programme is open to graduate students and professionals registered in African universities and preparing a Master or preferably a Doctoral thesis in social science fields and other disciplines involving social or economic analysis. Deadline: June 2013.
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA): Research Grants; Call for Participation
CODESRIA has published the 2013 call for proposals of Comparative Research Networks. They should focus on one of the following themes: Higher education, the ICTs and internationalization; Climate change, resources and development; Politics and governance; Gender, youth, culture and transformative social policy; Regional and continental integration, mobility and the African diaspora; Knowing and engaging the rest of the world; and Thinking about the future. Deadline: 31 May 2013.
Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA): Educational Research; Scientific Periodicals; Call for Participation
ERNWACA has launched a call for papers for the 5th edition of the Journal of Educational Research in Africa (JERA). JERA is ERNWACA’s social science journal with a focus on educational research. It is published annually. Deadline: 30 June 2013.
International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA): Governance
The 3rd issue of the Chronicle of African Higher Education provides an analysis of governance reforms in African higher education.
Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA): Quality Assurance
IUCEA organized a High Level Forum on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in East Africa in Narirobi, Kenya from 11 to 13 February 2013. It tackled issues related to the development of an East African quality assurance framework; the introduction of an institutional quality assurance system; processes of internal and external programme assessment; the link between quality assurance and quality management; and the integration of a graduate survey into quality assurance processes.
Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA): Students; Scientific Periodicals; Call for Participation
The open-access JSAA has published the call for papers for its 2013 launch issue which will focus on the professionalization of student affairs in Africa. The scope of the Journal covers student affairs; student career development, student counseling; student engagement; student finances etc. Deadline: 30 June 2013.
Lesotho/ Namibia: Educational Quality
The Lesotho and Namibia Councils on Higher Education signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in the fields of quality promotion and quality assurance in February 2013.
Asociacion de Universidades confiadas a la Compania de Jesus en América Latina (AUSJAL) : Mobility
The rectors of 14 member universities of AUSJAL approved the participation of their institutions in the AUSJAL System of international university cooperation for exchange, evaluation and partnerships (Sistema ACIA) which includes: academic mobility; information for the exchange of teachers and researchers; information on internationalization indicators; postgraduate offers of universities; and the promotion of AUSJAL’s academic offers.
proyecto-p16-sistema-acia-de-cooperacion-internacional-en-red-de-las-universida.html (in Spanish)
Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL): ICTs
The 4th Ministers Conference on the Information Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by CEPAL, took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, in April 2013. It examined the regional challenges in the field in relation to the Regional Action Plan for 2015. It also presented the book Economía digital para el cambio estructural y la igualdad (Digital economy for structural change and equality). The conference ended with a declaration.
http://www.eclac.cl/prensa/elac2015/ (in Spanish)
Meeting of Heads of Higher Education and University Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean: Educational Associations
A Meeting of Heads of Higher Education and University Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean took place in Managua, Nicaragua, in April 2013. It proposed strategies and integration mechanisms, as well as the creation of a regional association of universities, the Asociación Universitaria de Latino América y El Caribe (AU-LAC), as principal actor of the Latin American and Caribbean Area of Higher Education. The Association would also promote the recognition of degrees, the mobility of students, researchers and teachers, and cooperation with other regions of the world.
Association of Arab Universities (AARU): Educational Trends
AARU held its 46th Conference at the Salahaddin University in Iraq from 18 to 22 March 2013. The rectors and vice-rectors of 250 member universities discussed different aspects of higher education and scientific research.
International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA): Quality Assurance
IACQA'2013 took place in Jordan from 2 to 4 April 2013. Participants discussed the development of and new trends in quality assurance in the Arab world.
Proceedings in Arab and in English from pages 869 to 901
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRIM): Educational Cooperation
APRIM released the session summary and presentations of its 10th Senior Staff Meeting on Leading Asia-Pacific Higher Education and Research: From Consensus to Action that took place in Tokyo, Japan from 6 to 8 March 2013. It addressed: Shaping Asia-Pacific higher education and research; Creating Asia-Pacific global leaders; and Partnering on solutions to Asia-Pacific challenges.
Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN): Educational Cooperation
The government heads of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 13 March 2013 for the 5th Summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS). The Meeting issued the Vientiane Declaration which includes an agreement to foster partnerships, linkages and networking between the academic institutions of the 5 countries.
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC): Educational Research
SEAMEO RETRAC organized a training workshop on Educational Research for Higher Education from 26 to 27 March 2013 to provide participants with knowledge, skills and techniques in educational research. The training also studied quantitative and qualitative methods, including those for designing and conducting research projects.
e-InfraNET Project: ICTs; Sustainable Development; Call for Participation
The 1st joint call for proposals of the e-InfraNET project on Transnational Educational Programme on Green Sustainable ICT has been launched. Its aim is to develop a transnational course aimed at data centre and information technology (IT) infrastructure professionals that would give them the skills and knowledge to have a positive impact on the environmental performance of their organisation’s IT infrastructure. Deadline: 10 May 2013.
Empower European Universities (EEU): Access to Education; Equal Opportunity; Education and Development
EEU organized a symposium on Equity in Higher Education for Economic Development at the end of January 2013 at Aarhus University, Denmark. The aim was to discuss different patterns and levels of equity in access and success in higher education across European countries, and to formulate policy suggestions for national and European Union governments. It has just published the report.
European Association for International Education (EAIE): Internationalisation; Call for Participation
EAIE is rewarding individuals and European institutions who have made a substantial contribution to the internationalisation of higher education though the EAIE Awards. Winners will be announced at the EAIE Conference (Istanbul, Turkey, 10-13 September 2013), as well as across a variety of print and online EAIE channels. Deadline to nominate your institution: 1 May 2013; Deadline to nominate your peers: 3 June 2013.
European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (EURODOC): Research Workers; Young Researchers; Social Responsibility
The working conditions of young researchers, their prospects and the role of scientific research in society were the main topics debated at the EURODOC’13 conference on Europe’s Grand Societal Challenges: The Role of Early Stage Researchers that took place at the Fundação Caloust Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, in April 2013..
European Migration Network (EMN): Foreign Students; Migration Law; Student Mobility
EMN has released a synthesis report on Immigration of International Students to the EU which provides an analytical overview and statistical information on the immigration and mobility policies of Member States and of their national strategies to promote Europe as an attractive destination for international students.
European Union (EU): Qualifications Frameworks; Quality Assurance
The EU Presidency held a conference on Quality Assurance in Qualifications Frameworks in Dublin, Ireland in March 2013. Topics included: Using quality assurance and qualifications frameworks to promote the labour market relevance of qualifications; Quality assurance and qualifications as facilitators of the validation of non-formal and informal learning; and Promoting confidence in Europe’s qualifications on a global scale.
European University Association (EUA): Doctoral Education
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) organised its Second Global Strategic Forum on Doctoral Education at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, in March 2013. Its theme was Towards a Global Doctoral Education System? It highlighted common worldwide developments in relation to doctoral education.
European University Association (EUA): Internationalisation
In the context of its Annual Conference in Ghent, Belgium (11-12 April 2013), which was dedicated to the issue, EUA has published Membership consultation - Internationalisation in European higher education: European policies, institutional strategies and EUA support. Conducted from 14 January to 26 February 2013, the consultation asked what universities would expect from the EU higher education internationalisation strategy that is to be launched in June 2013.
European University Association (EUA): Quality Assurance
From the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, in November 2012, EUA has released How Does Quality Assurance Make a Difference? a selection of papers on three topics: Making a difference: perspectives and lessons learnt; How to make a difference: Strategies and tools; Making a difference across borders.
European University Association (EUA): Rankings; Call for Participation
EUA has published EUA Global University Rankings and Their Impact - Report II which shows changes in the field since its first report released in 2011.These include the launch of new rankings, the proliferation of multi-indicator tools; and the emergence of user-driven rankings.
EUA is conducting a survey on the impact of rankings within the universities. Deadline: 17 June 2013.
France/ Germany/ Poland: Educational Finance
The French, German and Polish Rectors’ Conferences (respectively CPU, HRK, and KRASP) have published a joint declaration: Investment into Research and Higher Education is an Investment into the Innovative Capacity of Europe. They call upon their national governments and the European Union to attach the highest priority to investment in the modernisation and development of higher education, research and innovation.
Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe (HUMANE): Research; Science Administration
HUMANE organized a Seminar in Paris, France at the Collège de France in April 2013. Its theme was Are Diamonds Forever: The Governance of Research in Broad, Small and Precious Fields of Academic Studies. Topics included: The maelstrom of markets: diversifying demand for low demand subjects; and The position of small/precious disciplines in the Netherlands.
Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA): Academic Freedom
UNICA organized a Scholars At Risk Seminar on Academic Freedom at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in March 2013. It provided a reflection on and an insight into the notion of academic freedom, its rationale and principles, the concept's history, as well as the state of academic freedom worldwide. It explored ways of promoting academic freedom and showcased initiatives undertaken by universities.
Arab States/Europe: Educational Cooperation
The Modern University for Business & Science (MUBS) organised the European-Arab Cooperation in Higher Education Forum 2013 (EACHEF 2013) in Lebanon on 28 February 2013. Its aim was to discuss new directions for European-Arab cooperation in higher education.
Canada/Africa: Scientific Cooperation; Research Grants; Call for Participation
As part of its Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants programme, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is offering 8 grants to support short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities that address IDRC research themes (Agriculture and the Environment; Global health policy; Science and Innovation; Social and economic policy). Deadline: 22 May 2013.
Consejo Universitario Iberoamericano (CUIB): Education and Development
CUIB’s 11th Meeting took place in April 2013 in Managua, Nicaragua. It analysed the present state of science, technology and innovation in the region. Participants sought new ways to increase the contribution of universities to the social and economic development of each state.
http://www.cnu.edu.ni/index.php/prensa/305-encuentro-universitario-iberoamericano (in Spanish)
Finland/ Africa/ Asia: Educational Management; Teaching
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is supporting collaboration projects between Finnish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their partners in Africa and Asia between 2013 and 2015 to enhance higher education capacity in the developing world. They support development of the curricula and teaching methods in HEIs and continuing training of teaching staff and enhance the administrative systems.
France/ Morocco: Educational Cooperation
Two agreements were signed in April 2013 between the two countries: the creation of the Ecole centrale de Casablanca which will open in 2014 and the creation of the Institut international euro-méditerranéen de la Technologie. They are part of the construction of a reinforced Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Area that is open to the African continent and is based on innovation and will serve to upgrade training levels.
superieur-et-de-la-recherche.html (in French)
Japan/ Ireland/ United Kingdom: OER; Access to Information
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) of the National University of Ireland Galway, and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited have announced the launch of a new data storage technology to overcome the challenge presented by the huge quantity of open data available on the Internet. The technology will be made available free of charge.
United States of America/ Africa: Educational Grants; Call for Participation
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme aims at providing grants to 15,000 students over 10 years to study manufacturing, telecommunications, banking or agriculture in US and African partner institutions (e.g. Ashesi University, Ghana and Arizona State University, USA). Deadline: from February to July 2013.
United States of America/ Myanmar: Educational Cooperation
The Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Center for International Partnerships has released the briefing paper Investing in the Future: Rebuilding Higher Education in Myanmar. It reports findings and observations from a US higher education delegation to Myanmar in February 2013 and issues recommendations.
United States of America/ South Africa: Job Opportunity
The Ford Foundation is looking for a Program Officer, Higher Education for Social Justice. The job is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Deadline: until filled.
National and institutional initiativesAngola: Educational Quality
The Minister of Higher Education advocated for more investment in the quality of higher education to tackle the challenges posed by the country’s development during a lecture he gave on University, Society and Development at the 1st international conference organized by Kimpa Vita University in April 2013.
Argentina: Industry and Education
The Programme Argentine Universities and Work in the World (Universidad y Trabajo Argentino en el Mundo) has been launched. Its aim is to promote the articulation between national universities, the production sector and the State to open new markets and create new sources of work and develop exports.
http://portales.educacion.gov.ar/spu/noticias/lanzamiento-del-programa-universidad-y-trabajo-argentino-en-el-mundo (in Spanish)
Argentina: Private Universities
The President has signed decrees for the creation of four private universities: Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y Trabajo; Instituto universitario de Ciencias Biomédicas; Universidad Católica de Misiones; y Universidad de San Isidro Plácido Marin.
http://www.crup.org.ar/noticias/se-fundaron-cuatro-universidades-privadas.aspx (in Spanish)
Australia: Educational Finance; Data Collection; Cost Benefit Analysis
The LH Martin Institute has released the Final Report of the Review of Reporting Requirements for Universities. It addresses the Tertiary Education Department’s reporting requirements for universities and issues recommendations on how these could be reduced and improved.
Australia: Government Educational Bodies
A Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education was established following a government reshuffle. The Minister will be assisted by two junior Ministers one in charge of Science and Research and one in charge of Higher Education and Skills.
http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/changes-ministry-2 (Media release)
http://www.innovation.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx (New Department’s website)
and-research-to-trade-and-innovation/ (Universities Australia’s comment)
Australia: Student Mobility; Asia
The Prime Minister and the Tertiary Education Minister have jointly announced the opening of the AsiaBound programme that will distribute some 3,600 grants per year in support of student outbound mobility to Asia and Asian languages training.
Guidelines to apply for the grant programme have been developed by Australian Education International (AEI). Deadline: 20 May 2013.
Canada: Educational Fees
The Ontario Government has decided to reduce the cap on annual tuition fee increases from 5% to 3% over the next four years for university and college students.
The Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing – Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canadian Association of Public Schools-International (CAPS-I), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), and Languages Canada - has welcomed the Economic Action Plan 2013 which includes a two-year governmental investment to promote Canada as an international study destination.
Canada: Research; Awards; Call for Participation
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched five awards to recognize outstanding achievement in postsecondary research, scholarship and knowledge mobilization by graduate students, researchers working individually or in teams, and formal partnerships. Deadline: 10 June 2013
Canada: Science Policy
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology of Quebec organised the Assises nationales de la recherche et de l’innovation (National conference on research and innovation) in Quebec, on 15 and 16 April 2013. Discussions laid the foundation of the research and innovation policy which will be launched in June 2013. A participant workbook has been published and a Web consultation platform has been launched for discussion.
http://www.mesrst.gouv.qc.ca/assises/ (in French)
Burkina Faso: Educational Policy
The Prime Minister’s visit to the University of Ouagadougou on 18 March 2013 was closed by a press conference in which he presented the government’s higher education policy through the lenses of the challenges and issues faced by the higher education sector.
http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/201303190486.html (in French)
http://www.sidwaya.bf/quotidien/spip.php?article10951 (Minister’s speech) (in French)
Cambodia: Public Education; Research
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Open Institute and the WordForge Foundation to enhance research in public universities by developing a textbook on research methodology adapted to Cambodia to be used by university students.
Colombia: Educational Trends
The Rectors’ Council of the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN) met in March 2013 in Manizales. It discussed the present state and perspectives of higher education in the country and published a Declaration.
http://www.ascun.org.co/noticias/1035-ascun-declaracion-del-consejo-nacional-de-rectores (in Spanish)
Denmark: Young Researchers; Career Development
The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) has launched a new mobility programme, MOBILEX, for young researchers in Denmark and abroad. PhD holders can apply to one of the 26 mobility grants annually in each of the years 2013-2015 (of which 11 are for PhD graduates from abroad).
Finland: International Education
An international evaluation team set up by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council has published An Evaluation of International Degree Programmes in Finland. It gives an overall picture of the state of matters in Finnish international degree programmes and analyse their strengths and weaknesses.
France: Agricultural Research
According to its new strategic vision, the Centre of Agronomic Research for Development (Cirad) will work on the construction of a world system of shared research on agronomy based on the extension of scientific production; creating and strengthening strategic partnerships ; and evaluating the impact of the research; and encouraging innovation.
http://www.cirad.fr/actualites/toutes-les-actualites/articles/2013/institutionnel/strategie-developpement-par-la-recherche (in French)
France: Educational Autonomy
A report has been published on behalf of the Senate’s Law Enforcement Commission. L'autonomie des universités depuis la loi LRU : le big-bang à l'heure du bilan takes stock of the progress and problems encountered by the academic community in the implementation of the previous government’s higher education law (LRU) in matters of academic autonomy.
http://www.senat.fr/rap/r12-446/r12-446.html (in French)
The Commission for University Education has published the list of 11 newly chartered universities.
India: Educational Policy
The President of India pronounced a speech at the conference on "the Future of Indian Universities: Comparative perspectives on higher education reforms for a knowledge society" that was held at the O.P. Jindal Global University, from 21 to 23 March 2013. He explained why it was urgent to reform the education system and improve the quality of teaching, faculty and research in universities.
India: Qualifications Framework
The 61st Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education was held on 2 April 2013. It decided to formulate a National Higher Education Qualification Framework that would allow for the national and international comparability of higher education qualifications and facilitate student mobility.
Ireland: Part-time Education
The Higher Education Authority has released Part-time and Flexible Higher Education in Ireland, a report that analyses the context in which part-time education takes place, its strengths and challenges and proposes 9 recommendations for future policy and provision.
Italy: Education and Employment
The AlmaLaurea Conference, based on the 15th Alma Laurea Survey on Graduates’ Employment Conditions was held in Venice in March. Its theme was Investing in Young People: If Not Now, When? It discussed topics such as The Gender Pay Gap among Graduates; Social Mobility among Graduates; and Education, Inequality and Social Mobility.
http://www.almalaurea.it/informa/news/2013/03/19/investire-nei-giovani-se-non-ora-quando (in Italian)
Mexico: Educational Planning
The Federal Government organised a consultative national forum entitled México con Educación de Calidad para Todos (Mexico and Quality Education for All) in Boca del Río, Veracruz, on 3 April 2013 to draft the National Development Plan 2013-2018. Panel 3 focused on higher education.
http://www.ses.sep.gob.mx/wb/ses/noticias (in Spanish)
http://www.presidencia.gob.mx/foro-nacional-mexico-con-educacion-de-calidad-para-todos/ (in Spanish)
Mexico: Teacher Education
The Federal Government has published the guidelines of its 2013-2014 plan to strengthen teachers’ education (PEFEN) that promotes the professionalization of teachers’ education.
http://www.ses.sep.gob.mx/wb/ses/dan_a_conocer_los_lineamientos_del_plan_estatal_de (in Spanish)
Morocco: Foreign Students
The Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) has announced that the country counts over 7,000 foreign students, most of whom benefit from a grant from the Kingdom and come from the African continent.
http://www.lematin.ma/journal/Pres-de-7-000-bourses-octroyees-par-le-Royaume/179275.html (in French)
Netherlands (The): OER
The Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 describes trends in open educational resources (OER) and open education in the Netherlands and elsewhere from the perspective of Dutch higher education.
New Zealand: Distance Learning; Bibliographies
Education Counts published a report entitled Organisational Approaches to e-Learning in the Tertiary Sector: An annotated bibliography that gives an overview of the research literature dealing with approaches adopted by tertiary sector organisations when planning or implementing e-learning. It identifies Organisational approaches to e-learning and staff development in the tertiary sector; Quality of e-learning; and Economics of e-learning, sums up findings and provides observations on its strengths, limitations, and research gaps.
Philippines: Educational Qualifications; Prior Learning Recognition
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has released a Memorandum Order on the Proposed Policies, Guidelines and Standards (PSG) for the Implementation of the Expanded Tertiary Education, Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP). ETEEAP aims at developing the system of equivalency and accreditation in higher education as a bridging mechanism for the flexible entry to and exchange among the formal, non-formal and informal systems.
Rwanda: Student Loans; Educational Policy
A new loan scheme based on the student’s socio-economic background has been developed by the Ministry of Education to establish a more sustainable student financing mechanism.
Senegal: Educational Reform
The national consultation on the future of higher education in Senegal (CNAES) released its report following upon the drafting of a preliminary report and the holding of a dialogue workshop in early April 2013.
South Africa: Educational Quality
SAQA released the presentations of its 2nd National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Research Conference which took place in Johannesburg from 4 to 6 March 2013. It addressed four topics: articulation: the role of career advice services in enhancing articulation; inclusivity and articulation; and educational quality.
South Africa: Science Policy; Research Results
The Department of Higher Education and Training has published its proposed amendments to the Policy and Procedures for the Measurement of Research Output of Public Higher Education Institutions to encourage research productivity.
Spain: Distance Education
The conference on Mobilizing Distance Education for Social Justice and Innovation organized by the University of Distance Education in collaboration with the International Council on Distance Education took place in Madrid in March 2013. Topics included: Promoting public policies and multinational organizations for distance education; Improving skills to promote access to distance education and the labour market; and Higher education institutions’ success models.
http://portal.uned.es/portal/page?_pageid=93,26308179&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL (in Spanish)
A one-day meeting organised by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CYD) in collaboration with the Fundación Círculo de Economía de Barcelona on Universities, Technology and Learning took place in Barcelona. The topic of the main intervention was What will be the education of the future? It was followed by a round table on new technologies and learning and their impact on traditional universities.
http://www.fundacioncyd.org/actividades-cyd/jornadas-cyd/2013 (in Spanish)
Spain: Indicators; Rankings
An international conference on Indicators as a Strategic Tool in Universities: Transparency versus rankings took place in March 2013 at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Topics included: No Quality Indicators No Meaningful Rankings: Critical Dependence; The implementation of a multidimensional international ranking ; and the Exploitation of indicator systems: their use to design education policies.
http://congresoindicadoresupv.blogs.upv.es/contenidos-congreso/presentaciones-y-videos/ (in Spanish)
Tanzania: Recognition of Prior Learning
The Tanzania Commission for Universities has released the Principles and Operational Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Tunisia: Educational Cooperation; Education and Society
The Institut tunisien des Etudes stratégiques organized a seminar on higher education and global transitions: Strategies for the 21st century to diagnose the challenges posed to higher education and develop international cooperation strategies between higher education institutions and citizen movements.
http://www.strategie.tn/index.php/ar/2012-05-29-14-19-02/2012-05-29-14-20-32/302- (in French)
United Kingdom: Access to Education; Indicators
The national conference Evidence-based Access Agreements: Target setting, evidence building, monitoring and evaluation to support the development of the 2014/15 Office of Fair Access (OFFA) access agreements took place in London on 12 March 2013.
United Kingdom: Access to Information; Legal Deposit; Online Content
The British Library and four other legal deposit libraries (National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the University Library, Cambridge and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin) will collect and store everything that is published online in the UK.
United Kingdom; Educational Quality; Education for Sustainable Development
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has released the Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education to make connections between Education for Sustainability and the practice of quality assurance and enhancement in the curriculum.
United Kingdom: Lifelong Education
The 2013 Annual Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Conference was held at the University of Durham in March 2013. Its theme was: Who and What Are Universities For? Local Communities, Global Competitiveness and the Part-Time Student. Topics included: The changing uses of the university; neo-liberalism and the values of public higher education ; Flipping the academy? Turning the changing world of the university inside out; Past, present and future - incorporating prior and work-based learning in the development of a part-time study programme; Engage! Making university research available to local communities: an innovative approach ; and From the roots up - exploring the use of Open Educational Resources to widen participation in deprived communities.
United Kingdom: Open Access
Research Council UK has published the latest version of its guidance for the revised Policy on Open Access, which came into effect on 1st April 2013. The changes aim to further clarify the guidance and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March.
United Kingdom: Part-time Education
The Higher Education Policy Institute has published Flexible Learning: Wrapping Higher Education Around the Needs Of Part-Time Students. It discusses the importance of part-time higher education while analysing the characteristics of part-time students, the motivations and benefits for studying part-time; the recent developments in part-time funding and presenting a selection of case studies.
United Kingdom: Social Mobility
The Higher Education Academy organized a conference on What Can Higher Education Contribute to Improving Social Mobility in the UK? in Manchester in March 2013. Through a series of keynote presenters, panel discussions, workshops and paper sessions, the conference analysed themes such as the curriculum to improve social mobility, the benefits of part-time study, and fees and fair access to more prestigious UK universities.
United States of America: Access to Education; Educational Grants
The College Board released a study on Rethinking the Pell Grants in April 2013 that provides an analysis of the Pell Grant programme which aim is to help young people from low- and moderate-income families and older adults to return to school to improve their labour market opportunities.
United States of America: Distance Education; Educational Qualifications
The California State Senate amended the California Senate Bill 520 on 1 April 2013 to grant credits to online courses.
United States of America: Distance Education
The final report of the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education (a group of higher education and state leaders, accreditors, and regulators) has been released. Advancing Access through Regulatory Reform: Findings, Principles, and Recommendations for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) provides guidelines for the establishment of an interstate reciprocity system for universities to facilitate the provision of online courses.
United States of America: Education and Employment
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has released the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact, a statement from educational and business leaders about making high-quality learning a national priority,
See also, the AACU report, It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, which summarizes the findings of a national survey on the employability of students conducted among employers
United States of America: Educational Policy
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) presented its priorities for the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in March 2013. The three key goals are: affordability and addressing the skills gap; simplification; and accountability and transparency.
United States of America: Enrolment; Population Projections
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education published a Policy Brief on Demography as Destiny: Policy Considerations in Enrollment Management in April 2013 which analyses the impact of demographic changes on enrolments.
United States of America: Governance
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGBUC) Board of Directors has amended the 2009 edition of its Statement on Conflict of Interest with Guidelines on Compelling Benefit to provide more specific and technical guidance to boards in the governance of colleges, universities, and systems.
United States of America: Leadership; Equal Opportunities; Women
The U.S. Agency for International Development and Higher Education for Development have launched the Women’s Leadership Programme in which five universities in the United States have been selected to partner with higher education institutions in Armenia, Paraguay, Rwanda and South Sudan to promote gender equality and women’s leadership.
United States of America: Student Achievement
The Lumina Foundation and InnoCentive, Inc. announced the launch of an Open Innovation Partnership to increase postsecondary degree attainment on 25 March 2013.
United States of America: Teaching Profession
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has released the 2012-2013 edition of Here's the News: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession which provides data on salary and benefits for full-time faculty members at more than 1,100 colleges and universities.
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