Edition 119 - March 2011

News from ACA

“AIM” high! ACA introduces new internationalisation consultancy service

The ACA Internationalisation Monitor (AIM) is a new service offered to higher education institutions... (+more)

Latest ACA seminar provides whirlwind tour of the ‘BRICs’

Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Key points on the European higher education compass? was the title... (+more)

Jo Beall new director of Education & Society at British Council

Effective July 2011, Jo Beall steps into the role of director of Education & Society at the Brit... (+more)

European Policy

Establishment of a unitary European patent yields discordant results

In a setback to the creation of a single European patent, on 8 March 2011 the Court of Justice of th... (+more)

Adult education in Europe – an overview

Many European countries provide adult learners with opportunities to gain formal qualifications thro... (+more)

ERC wants more women grant holders

Concerned about gender imbalances in many fields of research, the Scientific Council – the governi... (+more)

National Education and the Global Context

UK: Student visa regulations tightened

True to a November 2010 promise of working to introduce a “more selective and more robust” stude... (+more)

Poland: Legislation nudges higher education reform along, but critics see gaps

On 18 March 2011, the Polish parliament adopted an amendment that expands on the higher education re... (+more)

Germany: Developments in the Excellence Initiative and tuition fees

On 2 March 2011, results from the third call for proposals of Germany’s Excellence Initiative were... (+more)

Estonia: Newly elected coalition agrees to increase public university places

On 2 March 2011, elections in Estonia saw the victory of the incumbent coalition government comprise... (+more)

New minister appointments in Ireland and Denmark

In the wake of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) bailout in Ireland,... (+more)

Research and teaching budgets front and centre on the UK agenda

On 1 March 2011 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in collaboration with its ... (+more)

China highlights key areas for higher education reform in Work Plan 2011

The Department of Higher Education of the Chinese Ministry of Education issued a work plan for 2011 ... (+more)

Northern Ireland begins to examine tuition fees and student support options

In line with developments in other parts of the United Kingdom, the Department for Employment and Le... (+more)

Academic integrity in the spotlight

From London to Berlin, issues of integrity in the academy have received a significant amount of atte... (+more)

(Big) changes ahead for Canadian higher education and research?

Asserting that knowledge, research and innovation are the main drivers of the Canadian economy, the ... (+more)

“Will they return?” One of many questions for India

By many measures, Indian higher education presents enormous opportunities and extraordinary challeng... (+more)

Notes (and some critique) from the world of rankings…

Several developments related to rankings activity have come out of the United Kingdom, France and th... (+more)

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre's new educational search tool

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has unveiled the groundbreaking UIS Data Centre, a tool that p... (+more)

Public Tenders and Calls for Proposals in the EU

Still open: Call for proposals: EACEA/41/10 - Erasmus Mundus

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission has published... (+more)

Still Open: Call for proposals: Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme

This call for proposals has been announced by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agenc... (+more)

Still Open: Call for proposals: EU-US Atlantis Programme

On 5 January, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commis... (+more)

Publications

Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education – The Battle for World-class Excellence

Hazelkorn, E. Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education – The Battle for World-class Excellen... (+more)

Leadership and Good Governance of Higher Education. Handbook for Decision-makers and Administrators

Leadership and Good Governance of Higher Education. Handbook for Decision-makers and Administrators.... (+more)

Building Bridges: Making Sense of Quality Assurance in European, National and Institutional Contexts

European University Association. Building Bridges: Making Sense of Quality Assurance in European, Na... (+more)

Human Capital Leading Indicators: How Europe’s Regions and Cities Can Drive Growth and Foster Social Inclusion

Ederer, P, Schuller, P, & Willms, S. Human Capital Leading Indicators: How Europe’s Regions an... (+more)

Skills for Innovation and Research

OECD. Skills for Innovation and Research. OECD Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-92-09747-6. Pages: 144.As ... (+more)

Stop Misusing Higher Education-specific Price Indices

Stop Misusing Higher Education-Specific Price Indices. Center for College Affordability and Producti... (+more)

The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship: Hothouse or Training Ground?

Luescher-Mamashela, T. The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship: Hothouse or Training Gro... (+more)

Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future

Harley, D, & Krzys Acord, S. Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locu... (+more)

Regulating Financial Sustainability in Higher Education

National Audit Office. Regulating Financial Sustainability in Higher Education. The Stationery Offic... (+more)

Conferences

Upcoming international events

Upcoming ACA events: 22-24 May 2011ACA Annual Conference: The excellence imperative. World-class asp... (+more)