HE News Brief 22.06.10

by Anisa Siddikah


From a dispute of a control USA-Indian project to the World University Rankings, Here are this week’s news stories:

  • A $10 million project financed by the USA and India has been in dispute regarding who will control this project. The project is to enhance the ties between the two countries higher education system and promoting exchanges between junior faculty members in the American and Indian colleges. The USA  are arguing they want full control of the project and India are arguing they want partial or full control.  A senior Administrator at the Indian Ministry and a U.S. Embassy spokesperson deny there is there is a power control issue that exists between both parties. However The US government argue the Intuition called the India-United States Educational Foundation are best equipped to take control as they have the right sources, experiences and infrastructure. However the Indian Regulating Agency (Government agency that regulates India’s university) argue that the Educational Foundation is still predominantly an American organisation and not entirely neutral.
    Full Story: The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Business Leaders are urging the British Government to think long and hard before they make cuts on university fundings. Senior executives from Shell, Glaxo Smith Klien, National Railway amongst others argue universities make a huge contribution to the UK economy. The British Government are planning to make £650 million cuts in the higher education. According to the University sector links between businesses and university contribute £31 billion directly and £59 billion indirectly.
    Full Story
    : BBC News
  • University complaints have arisen very sharply in 2009 compared to 2005. The Independent Adjudicator’s office announced 1,007 complaints have been lodged in 2009 compared to 537 in 2005. Students are becoming more aware and are expecting to get value for money. The National Union of Students suggest the rise of complaints reflects upon the rise in student fees, whereby students are not settling down for sub-standard education. Rob Brehens (CEO of the Independent Adjudicator), says students are seeing themselves more as consumers and expects the complaints to rise in the next few years.
    Full Story: BBC News
  • The Times Higher Education (THE) will use 13,000 opinions of  Academics to build up what they believe to be the standard of teaching and research of the World’s university rankings for 2010 THE.  According to the University World News the final score will account for 20% of its findings compared to 40% done in previous years. Phil Baty deputy editor of  THE says the new system comprises of 13 indicators, which will improve accuracy and stability, compared to 6 used in the old methodology. He also suggests that the old methodology gave too much emphasis on opinion based surveys. Richard Holmes, author of  University Ranking Watch claims much of the new methodology THE have used have missed vital information to assess the standard teaching and research to evaluate university rankings, such as student to faculty ratio.
    Full Story: University World News
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