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Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud

Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The proposal by BudCud for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw.
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Cross-Border Higher Education: a Complicated Mix of Players - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Cross-Border Higher Education: a Complicated Mix of Players - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nigel Thrift analyzes some information about the complexities of international campus partnership and a variety of business partners and concludes:


"As we see it, provider institutions with the urge to internationalize through branch campuses, partnerships, or other foreign outposts should be more attentive to the complexity of these relationships among partners, providers, and governments. Host institutions looking to build their partnership portfolio also must be attuned to how their solicitations are received in the global marketplace. And governments looking to use foreign universities as a bridge to a knowledge economy, or promote their educational prowess as an instrument of soft power, need to have a clear understanding of the motives of educational institutions and partners they expect to serve theses ends."

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Asian Institutions Turn to East for Higher Education

Hong Kong universities are expanding on the Chinese mainland to get closer to some of the industries driving the country's growth and to tap into a large pool of research funding.

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Several sessions of SCUPs 2012 Pacific Region's annual conference, Leadership for the 21st Century Campus, at Stanford University, March 25-28, will be shared real-time with a related event in Hong Kong, the Higher Education Planning in Asia (HEPA) Forum. More information about that is available in the latest issue of SCUP's Pacific Region's newsletter, Pacific 360.

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Mandy & Alexandria's curator insight, October 14, 2014 5:16 PM

This article is about Asian education. It falls into the social category because it can be considered "lifestyle". Some of the Hong Kong colleges and universities are being built in the east, forcing to move college-age students there. There are complaints due to this, because not everyone wants to move to the east for a decent education.  

Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:37 PM

After recently reading an article that India was going to expand there education, its also great to see how East Asia is also wanting to do the same thing. Its great to offer citizens higher education, because they can further there learning. By opening and having higher institutions throughout East Asia and India, there will be many people who will benefit tremendously from it. 

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INTERVIEW: HOK's Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia's KAUST University, the World's Largest LEED Platinum Project | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

INTERVIEW: HOK's Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia's KAUST University, the World's Largest LEED Platinum Project | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Inhabitat interviews HOK's Bill Odell on the design and use of building information modeling (BIM) in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST University) in Saudi Arabia - the world's largets LEED Platinum project.
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FUTA | Higher Education in Sri Lanka is the Topic of This Curation Resource

FUTA | Higher Education in Sri Lanka is the Topic of This Curation Resource | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is a curation site focused on higher education in Sri Lanka.

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Working Inside the Box: Shipping Container Buildings Catch On

Working Inside the Box: Shipping Container Buildings Catch On | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
New architectural projects worldwide are employing the corrugated steel shipping containers used on ships, trucks, and trains as building materials.


The largest shipping container construction in the world is a 1,000-bed college residence hall in the Netherlands. We've recently seen items about using shipping containers to grow hydroponically fresh produce right next to a restaurant. Got some ideas?

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Mapping World-class Universities on the Web, Graphically

Mapping World-class Universities on the Web, Graphically | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A useful way to look at "world class" universities and their networks:

 

"A visual display of the most important universities in the world is the aim of this paper. It shows the topological characteristics and describes the relationships among universities of different countries and continents. The first 1 000 higher education institutions from the Ranking Web of World Universities were selected and their link relationships were obtained from Yahoo! Search. Network graphs and geographical maps were built from the search engine data. Social Network Analysis techniques were used to analyse and describe the structural properties of the whole network and its nodes. The results show that the world-class university network is constituted from national sub-networks that merge in a central core where the principal universities of each country pull their networks toward international link relationships. The United States dominates the world network, within Europe stands out the British and the German sub-networks."

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U.S. and India Higher Education Summit - ExchangesConnect

U.S. and India Higher Education Summit - ExchangesConnect | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Hey Everyone,   My name is Joe Witters and I work for the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asia.  We have an exciting event coming up that I want… (Check out "U.S.and India Higher Education Summit" on ExchangesConnect:
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ECUADOR: Who benefits from free higher education? - University World News

ECUADOR: Who benefits from free higher education?| University World News| Who benefits from 'free' higher education can be a touchy question.

 

This writer posits the problem that in Ecuador, where higher education recently became free, it appears as though removing fees resulted in an even broader education gap between priviliged groups and others.

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Student protests in Chile

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The ongoing student demonstrations in Chile began as a protest over the costs, profits, and fairness of higher education there.
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UK — Widening participation in higher education: analysis of ...

UK — Widening participation in higher education: analysis of ... | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Provides information on the estimated number of 15 year olds in receipt of free school meals (FSM) who progress to higher education (HE) by age 19 by 2008/09. It is presented at national and local authority level.
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Four-fifths of UK institutions set to spend at least £5m on estates ‘wow factor’

32 percent are considering large-scale commercial "tie-ups' and 43 percent do not believe they are making good use of current space.


“Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.


'In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow factor’ while also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.'"

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University mergers need to be transparent and inclusive - University World News

University mergers need to be transparent and inclusive - University World News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A very nice report on a study of a number of mergers, focusing on several Finnish organizations: "My research focuses on how Finnish universities are reacting to mergers from the perspective of their own academic work and their teaching work.


Managers, academics and students were interviewed about their views and they raised several issues about the merger process. The key problems were:"


Good list. Very useful.

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Did you know that there are Fulbrights for administrators? And other overseas opportunities!

Did you know that there are Fulbrights for administrators? And other overseas opportunities! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By George S. McCelellan: An essay that makes administrators dream of a paying "retirement" and international travel! Did you know that there are Fulbrights for administrators?


"Those of us in student affairs routinely encourage undergraduates to travel abroad, offering up a long list of benefits that can be derived from the experience. But we should extend the same advice to student-affairs professionals themselves.


So how do you go about identifying and pursuing career opportunities for international travel or employment?"

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Why Alberta’s education system is better – - Macleans OnCampus

"Alberta is as a maverick when it comes to higher education. The province prepares students for post-secondary better than its neighbors, has some of the country’s most satisfied students and punches above its weight in research.


Now there’s even more evidence that the rest of Canada should pay attention to how Wild Rose Country approaches higher education."


  • Public funding of universities is highest in Alberta. Statistics Canada says that 72 per cent of funding for Alberta universities came from public sources in 2009. The next highest was Newfoundland at 69 per cent. It was only 49 per cent in Nova Scotia.
  • Alberta has two teaching-focused universities that work. Grant MacEwan and Mount Royal Univeristy have faculty who spend most of their days teaching, rather than conducting research—unlike nearly every university east of Edmonton. And both institutions score exceptionally well on the National Survey of Student Engagement. When asked “if you could start over, would go to the institution you are now attending?,” 50 per cent of Mount Royal seniors and 60 per cent of Grant MacEwan seniors said yes. The average is just 45 per cent.


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Cofco Agricultural Eco-valley

Cofco Agricultural Eco-valley | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This project is entered into the People's Choice 2011 - VOTE NOW The Master Plan for the Agricultural Eco-Valley creates a world-class demonstration project of technology, sustainability, and high-value products by making the best use ...


This massive, integrated and sustainable development project is about 30 miles from Beijing. 


"The project is envisioned to set a precedent for future sustainable agricultural production and research centers around the world. The program includes land and buildings for agricultural processing, planting exhibition, convention, and research, offices, residential, educational and infrastructure elements. This state-of-the-art sustainable project is planned to be the first net zero-carbon project. The Eco Valley is located approximately 30 miles southwest from the center of Beijing. The site includes existing villages that will be redeveloped and incorporated into the master plan. Multi-modal loop: the ring of discovery: The master plan is based on a concept of agricultural research and development and organized around a multi-modal transport loop called the Ring of Discovery. This Ring, which accommodates pedestrian, bicycle, and bio-fuel-powered buses, will also connect with a smaller loop for customized, programmable Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles to move around the main commercial and tourist hub to the Eco Valley. The Ring of Discovery connects all zones of the development and links a series of Discovery Pavilions that will display educational materials and programming related to developing technologies for agricultural, farming, and residential elements. The Master Plan demonstrate a closed-loop approach toward the key resources of energy, water, and waste on a single site, emphasizing the scarce resource of food and its production at the core of the master plan."

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allAfrica.com: Africa: Cutting Through the Hype around World-Class Universities

allAfrica.com: Africa: Cutting Through the Hype around World-Class Universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher-level institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa that are equipped to provide quality education and conduct relevant applied research can play a key role in training skilled workers to be fluent in the latest technologies and apply them in industries to make a broader range of products that win ready customers worldwide.

 

Good-quality tertiary education is also key to stimulating innovation, from producing new varieties of crops and sources of energy that can speed progress toward reducing poverty, achieving food security, fighting disease in all its dread forms, and improving health.

 

Such institutions can emphasize the diverse learning and training needs of the domestic student population and economy.

 

By concentrating efforts on the local community and economy, these institutions can lead to more effective and sustainable development than broader world-class aspirations."

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Establishing American Cultural Centers at Chinese Universities

Establishing American Cultural Centers at Chinese Universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The following is a guest post by Bob Eckhart, who will be the American director of the Wuhan University–Ohio State University Center for American Culture.
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As the United States and China eye each other warily across the Pacific, a new effort is putting universities at the forefront of cultural understanding between the nations—and making sure that the American narrative in China isn’t dominated by “Friends” and “Desperate Housewives.”

 

This week the U.S. Department of State will award 10 grants to universities to establish American cultural centers and programs in China, including one that will go to Ohio State University.

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Efficiency and effectiveness in higher education: A report by the Universities UK Efficiency and Modernisation Task Group

Efficiency and effectiveness in higher education: A report by the Universities UK Efficiency and Modernisation Task Group | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Free download:

 

Effectiveness, efficiency and value for money are central concerns for the higher education sector. While funding models across the UK vary, the pressure to proactively manage costs and demonstrate value for money will nonetheless be present in equal measure across the higher education sector.

 

Key findings include:

• There is much evidence of good practice in the sector, but it needs better dissemination.
• Information on the costs of operational activities within higher education needs to improve.
• Benchmarking is a vital tool for driving efficiency. Current practice is piecemeal and fragmented and a more strategic national framework is proposed.
• Simplifying, streamlining and improving internal processes needs to be a priority for all institutions.
• Building on prior simplification and standardisation, more can be done to develop shared services, but VAT remains a barrier.
• There is significant potential for outsourcing and the development of strategic relationships with the private sector to deliver services.
• A more strategic coordination of higher education procurement at the national level is needed
• There are a number of areas where regulatory reform can help reduce costs associated with compliance and facilitate increased efficiency.

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MIDDLE EAST: Higher education needs its own revolution - University World News

MIDDLE EAST: Higher education needs its own revolution | University World News

What does the unrest in the Arab world mean for higher education?

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Putin urges modernization of Russian higher education - RIA Novosti

Putin urges modernization of Russian higher education - RIA Novosti | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Putin urges modernization of Russian higher educationRIA NovostiRussian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia should urgently modernize its higher education system so that it conforms to today's demands.
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