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Thursday, 22 June 2017 //

Macron’s strong support for research

image: C.V. CCPARIS (nature) -- A wave of fresh faces — including the flamboyant mathematician Cédric Villani — rose to victory in the French parliamentary elections on 18 June. Together with the science- and innovation-friendly policies announced by President Emmanuel Macron, the results have stoked optimism among many researchers in France and abroad ... read more 19.06.2017

New blacklist of predatory academic journals

BEUAMONT (nature) -- A scholarly services firm from Texas launched a blacklist of ‘predatory’ academic journals: those that deceive their authors or readers by, for example, charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review. The index — which lists about 4,000 journals — is available only to paying subscribers ... read more 21.06.2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 //

EU Commission sets out new higher ed strategy

image: GOVBRUSSELS (eu) -- The Commission has adopted new initiatives on school and higher education, including a proposal on graduate tracking to help Member States collect information on what graduates do after their studies. The renewed higher education strategy builds on the 2011 Modernisation agenda with the same clear neoliberal drift aiming “to ensure that higher education can help boost growth and job creation” and that “universities (...) tailor curricula to current and anticipated needs of the economy ... read more | communiqué 30.05.2017

Switzerland to scrap Numerus Clausus for Medicine

BERN (lv) -- The Swiss National Council wants to replace the numerus-clausus exam for the medical studies with internships, thus orienting the admission more towards practice. The advantage for hospitals: the trainees could relieve the nursing staff of some workload ... read more 19.06.2017

Slovak students continue protests against corruption

BRATISLAVA (wp) -- Thousands are rallying across Slovakia to protest alleged corruption in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government. The demonstrations have been organised by students and spread far beyond the capital. It’s the biggest wave of protests in Slovakia since 2012 ... read more 12.06.2017

Monday, 19 June 2017 //

Betsy DeVos keeps her rotten word

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WASHINGTON (chronicle) -- Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on Wednesday that the Education Department will renegotiate the gainful-employment and borrower “defense to repayment” rules, two key consumer-protection regulations of the Obama era. Students in the US already have accumulated the highest debt in the world (1.3 trillion dollars) without the chance to default. And many for-profit colleges push families with predatory practices into loans they cannot afford and leave students with worthless degrees ... read more | background: DeVos | US student debt 14.06.2017

Ireland is ready for Technical Universities

DUBLIN (examiner) -- Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for the creation of technological universities .. read more 15.06.2017

66,000 students forced to relocate in Turkey

image: DragoartISTANBUL (turkish minute) -- The Turkish government has since last summer closed down 15 universities across the country over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, forcing 66,000 students to look for somewhere else to continue their education ... read more 11.06.2017

Friday, 16 June 2017 //

UK student loan debt exceeds £100bn

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LONDON (guardian) -- Student loan debt in the UK has risen to more than 100 billion Pounds (114 billion Euros) for the first time, after growing by 16.6 percent in only one year. As in the US, student debt in the UK is rising at a faster pace than any other form of debt, and eclipsed credit card debt of 68 billion Pounds. “It is the fastest growing type of borrowing and is rapidly becoming economically significant,” Sebastian Burnside, a senior economist at NatWest said ... read more 15.06.2017