Monthly Archives: November 2010

Ireland Looks to Academe to Re-Ignite Its Economy

Ireland Looks to Academe to Re-Ignite Its Economy | Goldie Blumenstyk | Chronicle of Higher Education | 26 November, 2010

The article discusses higher education in Ireland and the financial crisis in Ireland. It is noted that researchers and professors are working to make money through their research and to ensure that Ireland remains an important center of progress and research.


New model grants: fund the chosen few

New model grants: fund the chosen few | Paul Jump| Times Higher Education| 25 November 2010

Scientists sound creativity warning as councils look to concentrate cash. A funding shift that would reduce the availability of small grants for individuals in favour of concentrating cash on larger projects risks shackling scientific creativity, researchers have warned. The prospect of research councils focusing larger sums on a smaller number of projects has been raised by the huge savings being demanded of them.


Tertiary agency talks to resume

Tertiary agency talks to resume | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 24 November, 2010

THE federal government is expected to convene another consultation meeting with the higher education sector before the end of the year. This comes as the government seeks to forge agreement on contentious legislation to create a new national tertiary education regulator.


China Props Up Foreign Students’ Numbers in U.S

China Props Up Foreign Students’ Numbers in U.S | Karin Fischer | Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 November, 2010

The article discusses statistics from the U.S. Institute of International Education report “Open Doors” regarding foreign students studying at U.S. universities. It focuses on an increase in the enrollment of Chinese students at American colleges and explores topics such as the gaokao college entrance exam, services at U.S. universities for Chinese college students, and admissions at Tsinghua University and Peking University.


New market, new rules: NUS signals consumer revolution

New market, new rules: NUS signals consumer revolution | Rebecca Attwood | Times Higher Education  | 18 November 2010

‘Sticks, not carrots’ required to regulate post-Browne academy. Students are to launch a “consumer revolution” against a sector that is unprepared for the consequences of marketisation and high fees.

Language rules lift bar for sector

Language rules lift bar for sector |  Bernard Lane |  The Australian Higher Education | 17 November, 2010

UNIVERSITIES now have a “potent incentive” to redesign their course offer so international students graduate with a professional level of English.Monash researcher Bob Birrell was commenting on last week’s announcement of a new points test for skilled migration, under which professional English has become the de facto standard. A pathway to permanent residency as a skilled migrant has been a significant part of the appeal of Australian qualifications in the overseas market.


Election Evokes Reminders of 1994

Election Evokes Reminders of 1994 | Kelly Field | Chronicle of Higher Education | 12 November, 2010

The article discusses similarities and differences between the U.S. elections in 1994 and 2010 in regards to their impact on the financing of higher education. It describes possible spending cuts towards the U.S. federal student loan program, mentions the U.S. Republican Party’s promise to cut government spending, and provides comments from U.S. President Barack Obama regarding his opposition to spending cuts for education.


REF impact will be lighter but also more widespread

REF impact will be lighter but also more widespread | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 11 November 2010

Panels approve the measure’s methodology, but call for it to carry less weight. The impact weighting in the research excellence framework looks set to be reduced, but the broad methodology drawn up by funding chiefs should be adopted universally.

Migrant skills go to the top of the list

Migrant skills go to the top of the list |  Bernard Lane and Michael Sainsbury | The Australian Higher Education | 10 November, 2010

THE points system for skilled migrants that notoriously preferred hairdressers over Harvard scientists is about to be abolished.Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is scheduled to announce in Sydney tomorrow a new points system in keeping with wider reforms to skilled migration.


The Fine Art of Charm

The Fine Art of Charm | Paul Fain & Kathryn Masterson | Chronicle of Higher Education | 5 November, 2010

The article presents suggestions from several U.S. university and college professors regarding personality traits that are useful in their position as representatives of their institutions. It highlights differences in personality in cases where college presidents were terminated from their positions including Lawrence H. Summers at Harvard University and Gene R. Nichol at the College of William & Mary. It discusses the importance of personal attributes such as humor, charm, and humility for a college president and profiles examples of successful college presidents including Benjamin Dunlap of Wofford College, David L. Boren at the University of Oklahoma, and Wendy B. Libby of Stetson University.