Edition 134 - June 2012

News from ACA

ACA Annual Conference 2012: Tying it all together

Can there be such a thing as an academically strong, socially inclusive, well-funded and internation... (+more)

Agence 2e2f: LLP Statistics for All website launched

Launched on 25 June by the French National Agency Agence 2e2f, Statistics for All is a new web-based... (+more)

European Policy

Important steps towards the adoption of Horizon 2020

At the end of May, an agreement has been reached in the Council of Ministers of the European Union, ... (+more)

Higher education attainment on the up in Europe

Higher education attainment rates in the EU have increased in the past decade. Average higher educat... (+more)

EUA warns against widening rich-poor gap among European higher education systems

The continuous monitoring of the effects of the economic crisis on higher education systems in Europ... (+more)

New institute in Luxembourg

In mid-June, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) officially launched the EIB Institu... (+more)

National Education and the Global Context

Three-year bachelor’s degrees becoming fashionable in the United States

Nothing is constant but change. Constant changes in the higher education systems around the world ha... (+more)

England: what a difference a name makes

Small and subject specific colleges will in the future be able to call themselves universities. ... (+more)

The Netherlands: foreign students remain welcome

In the Netherlands, the debate about the pros and cons of university policies to attract foreign stu... (+more)

Czech Republic: unpopular higher education reform off the table

Following his appointment as the Minister of Education last month (see ACA Newsletter – Education ... (+more)

Germany: excellence all over the place

On 15 June, the results of the second and most likely last round of Germany’s Excellence Initiativ... (+more)

India: Rankings as a broom to sweep out ‘low-quality’ foreign providers

At the beginning of June, India’s University Grants Council (UGC) has approved new regulations gov... (+more)

US: rolling out the red carpet for foreign graduates? So far it’s a STEM only world

May 2012 has seen a great deal of activity in the US Senate on the ‘war for talent’ front with t... (+more)

Germany: end of an absurd arrangement?

Few know that Germany’s federal government plays only a secondary role in higher education. The co... (+more)

The political dimension of mobility surfaces in Sino-American diplomatic rows

It was a face-saving step taken by Chinese and American politicians to end a diplomatic row in May w... (+more)

Afghanistan: News from the higher education battlefront

In a country plagued by an on-going war, higher education has not exactly been an item placed very h... (+more)

Finland’s scientific performance

A newly released report by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland reveals that the country... (+more)

China’s Gaokao is losing fans and supporters

China’s National Higher Education Entrance Examination (also called Gaokao) has recorded a continu... (+more)

Public Tenders and Calls for Proposals in the EU

Call for proposals — EEAS –Cooperation with industrialised countries: Strengthening the network of EU Centres in Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore

This Call for proposals is organised under the framework of European Union actions to strengthen coo... (+more)

Call for proposals — EIB – Universities Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS)

EIBURS provides grants to university research centres working on research topics and themes of major... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals — EDULINK II – ACP – EU cooperation programme in higher education

In March 2012, the European Commission published a call for proposals for EDULINK II, ACP-EU coopera... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals — FP7 –PEOPLE-2012-IEF — Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development

In March 2012, the European Commission published a call for proposals for Marie Curie Intra-European... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals — FP7 –PEOPLE-2012-IIF — Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships

In March 2012, the European Commission published a call for proposals for Marie Curie International ... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals — FP7 –PEOPLE-2012-IOF — Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development

In March 2012, the European Commission published a call for proposals for Marie Curie International ... (+more)

Publications

Mapping internationalization on U.S. campuses: 2012 edition

American Council on Education (ACE). Mapping internationalization on U.S. campuses: 2012 edition. Au... (+more)

Attracting international students: Equitable services and support, campus cohesion and community engagement

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Attracting international students: Equitable services and support, ca... (+more)

Conflicted: Faculty and online education.

Allen, I. E. et al. Conflicted: Faculty and online education. Inside Higher Ed & Babson Survey R... (+more)

Research universities and research assessment

Phillips, M. Research universities and research assessment. League of European Research Universities... (+more)

Universities through the looking glass: Benchmarking university governance to enable modernization of higher education in MENA

The World Bank. Universities through the looking glass: Benchmarking university governance to enable... (+more)

College 2.0: An entrepreneurial approach to reforming higher education – overcoming barriers and fostering innovation

Wildawsky, B., & Litan, R. E. College 2.0: An entrepreneurial approach to reforming higher educa... (+more)

Skills, not just diplomas: Managing education for results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Sondergaard, L. et al. Skills, not just diplomas: Managing education for results in Eastern Europe a... (+more)

OECD skills strategy: Better skills, better jobs, better lives – a strategic approach to skills policies

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD skills strategy: Better skills, ... (+more)

UNHCR Education Strategy 2012-2016

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Education Strategy 2012-2016. Author, Geneva,... (+more)

Recommended principles & practices to guide academy-industry relationships

American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Recommended principles & practices to guid... (+more)

Students’ study patterns and total lengths of study

Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV). Students’ study patterns and total lengths of ... (+more)

The evaluative state, institutional autonomy and re-engineering higher education in Western Europe: The prince and his pleasure

Neave, G. The evaluative state, institutional autonomy and re-engineering higher education in Wester... (+more)

Higher education in India at a glance.

University Grants Commission (UGC). Higher education in India at a glance. Author, New Delhi, 2012. ... (+more)

Conferences

Upcoming international events

Upcoming ACA events: 12 October 2012Higher education in 2030: A look into the crystal ballBrussels,... (+more)