QS launches global academic job portal

After more than 20 years of finding the right courses and universities for internationally ambitious students, QS is now moving on to the next logical step: finding the right jobs and institutions for globally mobile academics.

Launched earlier this year, QS AIM (for Academic International Mobility) is intended to supplement today’s nationally-oriented academic job sites and publications, adding a new option with a completely international view.

Tony Martin, project director of AIM, says: “AIM is a global jobs portal for the academic world. We started it because we know that universities are more likely than ever before to mount a global search for faculty. They want a more international, and higher-quality, academic workforce. The nationally-oriented media in which most academic job advertising appears at the moment get about 90 per cent of their business from their home country.”
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Top universities set their sights on Hong Kong’s acres

Leading universities around the world are lining up to bid for perhaps the most desirable site yet reserved for open competition to host a branch campus.
The Hong Kong government has received a large number of enquiries for the 25-acre Queen’s Hill site once occupied by the British garrison. The successful university may be named by the end of the year.

Seven overseas universities or colleges already have bases in Hong Kong. But none is on the scale of the proposed branch campus, which could accommodate 8,000 students and rival the island’s own highly successful institutions.

The award of the Queen’s Hill development will mark the latest stage in a transformation of Hong Kong’s education system, designed to produce global leaders.  Top-to-bottom reforms have seen a restructuring of the school and higher education curricula to encourage greater creativity and flexibility.
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Open access journals: the reality


In 2011, the Universitof Cambridge came top in the World University Rankings. And according to the Scopus database used to supply the citations data used in the Rankings, it produced 32,900 journal articles and other scholarly outputs in that year.

But run your eye down the rankings to 400th slot, the last university before we start publishing in bands rather than in individual positions. We are in Siberia, at Novosibirsk State University. In 2011, it had 1,670 scholarly outputs counted by Scopus.
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