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  • Newspaper

    Towards an European classification of universities

    France

    Press

    Luc Cédelle - Le Monde

    The European Commission wants to call for tenders between now and the end of the year to set up a European educational ranking system for universities. This ranking, which will be available in 2010, would be an alternative to the Shanghai one. Indeed, a study conducted in 2008 questions this ranking; this analysis sought to test changes in the methodology, in order to see how the final ranking would evolve where levels differ, aggregation systems vary or even where one of the six indicators is not taken into account. Result: the ranking can vary from dozens of places.

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    Unaccredited Unilak defies ministry order

    Rwanda

    Press

    Ignatius Ssuuna - The New Times

    The university "Laique Advantiste de Kigali" (Unilak) has defied a directive from the Education ministry requiring it to submit academic credentials of recruited lecturers for verification. According to sources in the ministry, the university leadership continues to recruit students. Unilak secured a provisional license but the ministry nevertheless refused to grant it the degree-awarding accreditation, citing lack of capacity to provide quality education.

  • Newspaper

    Head teachers to sign performance contracts

    Uganda

    Press

    Carol Natukunda and Roderick Ahimbazwe - New Vision

    According to the education minister, primary school head teachers will be required to sign performance agreements every year. Many pupils had not attained the desirable learning competency in literacy and numeracy partly because of the slackness, absenteeism and lack of commitment from the head teachers. The assessment guidelines and the tracking of the teachers' performance will help to create a more fair and verifiable system.

  • Newspaper

    Tackling corruption in Africa higher education

    Press

    Wachira Kigotho - University World News

    Global Corruption Report: Education, released on 1st October, argues that corruption has not just raised the cost of higher education but has also hindered socio-economic progress in many African countries by diminishing the quality of university education.

  • Newspaper

    Rwanda: Forgery hurting city education

    Rwanda

    Press

    Stephen Mugisha - The New Times

    Falsification of report cards to obtain admission into private schools in Kigali is listed as one of the major challenges hampering education quality. Speaking during an education workshop organised by Kigali City Council, an education activist from Power in Education, a local civil society organisation, revealed that a recent survey indicated that over 100 students in various city schools used forged report cards to obtain admission.

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    Concerns growing over "gaming" in university rankings

    UK

    Press

    Karen MacGregor - University World News

    Universities determined to rise up international rankings are increasingly "playing" the methodology, Shaun Curtis of the University of Exeter in the UK told the "Worldviews 2013" conference last week. One way is to seek support from colleagues in other institutions who are answering rankings questionnaires, and another is to game the data.

  • Newspaper

    Anti-corruption unit to police university exam

    Cambodia

    Press

    Matt Blomberg - University News

    The Cambodian government's Anti-Corruption Unit has been called on to police next month's national school-leaving exam in a bid to stamp out systemic cheating that has for decades compromised the quality of high school students applying for university places.

  • Newspaper

    Official study slams university rankings as "useless"

    Norway

    Press

    Jan Petter Myklebust - University World News

    A government-commissioned study of the placement of Norwegian universities in global rankings – in particular compared to other Nordic institutions – has concluded that even the top rankings are so based on subjective weightings of factors and on dubious data that they are useless as a basis for information if the goal is to improve higher education.

  • Newspaper

    Solutions needed for higher education quality crisis

    Chile

    Press

    Carlos Olivares - University World News

    The issue of quality assurance in the tertiary education system has become a public concern as a consequence of the scandal in which the president of the National Accreditation Commission and at least two chancellors of private universities were arrested and accused of money laundering, bribery and accepting kickbacks.

  • Newspaper

    Combating ghost schools and other forms of corruption in education

    Press

    Muriel Poisson - Thomson Reuters Foundation

    Breaking the silence over corruption in education is a mammoth ongoing task which needs a global united front in order to ensure that education goals are met and that children receive the best possible opportunities when learning.

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