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Saturday, 22 December 2012 //

Changes in Swedish authorities dealing with education

wappenSTOCKHOLM, Dec. 20 (ACA) -- Three government authorities in Sweden dealing with education – the International Programme Office, the National Agency for Higher Education and the Agency for Higher Education Services – will become two. The two new authorities, The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) and The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), will be operational from 1 January 2013 ...

Students protest against closure of their “inefficient” uni

logoMOSCOW, Dec. 20 (Kommersant) -- Students at the Russian State University of Trade and Economics have organised a sit-in to protest against a government plan to shut down their university, which was included in a “list of inefficient colleges.” The Russian Students’ Union anticipates similar protests across the country. The protesters plan to continue their sit-in until the evaluation results are invalidated ...

Hungarian student protests widen

BUDAPEST, Dec. 19 (WSJ) -- Demonstrations by Hungarian university and high school students continued Wednesday and have spread throughout the country even as the governing Fidesz party backtracked on its plans to reduce the number of state-funded university places next year ...

Friday, 21 December 2012 //

British critique of Ivy League

Image: British Science AcademyLONDON, Dec. 20 (Inside Higher Ed) -- Wealthy donors to Ivy League universities can "buy a place" for their offspring, and admissions policies at elite U.S. universities are far less meritocratic than anything that would be accepted in Britain, the universities and science minister has argued ...

Catalan universities represent 60% of research in Spain

BARCELONA, Dec. 19 (universia) -- A report of the Catalan university association ACUP states that the region is responsible for 60 per cent of the national and of 0,6 per cent of global scientific production ...

Grade inflation blows up German universities

Image: WRBERLIN, Dec. 19 (the local) -- When 80 per cent of students graduate with one of the top two grades, questions start being asked. “The grades which students currently receive say almost nothing meaningful about their real achievement,” says Wolfgang Marquardt, head of the German Council of Science and Humanities ...

Thursday, 20 December 2012 //

European ministers back research-buddy plan

horizon 2020BRUSSELS, Dec. 18 (nature) -- Europe’s leading scientific institutions could work with less-developed regions to create a new type of research centre, suggests a proposal backed by science ministers last week. Under the ‘teaming’ proposal, the partners would put forward joint business plans ...

Italy lags behind EU countries in research spending

ROME, Dec. 18 (ANSA) -- Italy has been one of the most sluggish spenders on research in the European Union, the national statistical agency Istat said Tuesday. Italy spent the equivalent of 1.26% of the country’s (GDP) on research, compared with an EU average of 2.01% of GDP ...

French authorities take legal action against Portuguese university in Toulon

logoTOULON, Dec. 14 (rcm pharma) -- The French authorities have filed a lawsuit against the “misuse” of the term ‘university’ by the subsidiary of the private University Fernando Pessoa (UFP) in Garde, Toulon, operating since the 12th of November. French science minister, Geneviève Fioraso said the institution was in “total breach of the Education Code.” Rector Salvato Trigo spoke of “xenophobia” in face of the accusations ...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 //

European Commission to rank 500 universities

u-multirankBRUSSELS, Dec. 18 (romania insider) -- 500 universities have been invited to sign up for inclusion on the U-Multirank listing to be completed in early 2014. The EC performed a selection process aiming to build a consortium of independent organisations that would carry out the listing ... |

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