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QSIU HE Digest – Social Media For Researchers

  • Social Media: Tool of Research Collaboration
  • Japan: Foreign Students Number to Double
  • US: Influx of British Students
  • UK: Polytechnics to be Back ?

Bill Gates has joined backers of a social network aimed at promoting scientific breakthroughs. Gates and others
pumped $35 million into Berlin-based ResearchGate, which was started five years ago by three friends intent on making it easier for researchers to collaborate and share information.”Our goal is to free knowledge from the ivory tower, to digitalise it and make it accessible for everyone in order to accelerate scientific progress,” said ResearchGate co-founder and chief Ijad Madisch.”We’re excited to add to our group of investors whose goals are perfectly in line with ours, and who understand the relevance of what we are doing not only for science, but for society.”

Full Story: The Australian


Japan’s national universities intend to double their admissions of overseas students to 10 percent by 2020 and to also increase the number of courses offered in English two-fold to around 24,000.The targets, including doubling the number of students attending overseas colleges to 5 percent by 2020, were decided at a meeting in Tokyo of the Japan Association of National Universities. Japan’s national universities intend to double their admissions of overseas students to 10 percent by 2020 and to also increase the number of courses offered in English two-fold to around 24,000.The targets, including doubling the number of students attending overseas colleges to 5 percent by 2020, were decided at a meeting in Tokyo of the Japan Association of National Universities.

Full Story: Japan Times


The majority of top US universities are reporting a rise in the number of places awarded to students from the other side of the Atlantic over the last 12 months, it was revealed.Data obtained by the Telegraph shows that entry rates were up at many institutions this year – including members of the elite Ivy League – such as Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Pennsylvania. Princeton alone admitted 131 British students in 2012/13 – up by a fifth in 12 months and double the number in the mid-2000s.

Full Story: The Telegraph


The government should revive the term ‘polytechnic’ argues a report into the future of higher education in England.Large further education colleges which already have degree awarding powers should be eligible to apply for polytechnic status say the authors.The title would be a “mark of vocational excellence” argues the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.A government spokesman said the report included “much food for thought”. The commission was set up by the Institute of Public Policy Research think-tank a year ago.

Full Story: BBC

 

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