Archive for 21 June 2009

Record funding for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 June 2009 by Steve

Germany“Despite its most severe economic crisis since World War II, Germany’s federal and state governments have sealed a funding agreement for higher education and research worth a total of €18 billion. The money is to be spent over a 10-year period and represents the largest support measure the country has seen. The federal government will provide €11.8 billion with the state governments footing the balance …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 21 June]

Universities advised on pandemic

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Britain’s Higher Education Funding Council has issued guidelines for further and higher education institutions following the World Health Organization’s decision to increase its influenza pandemic alert level to ‘6’. This means there is now evidence of increased and sustained human to human transmission of the swine flu virus across a number of global regions. In the UK, 1,320 cases have been confirmed and so far the majority has been mild …” (more)

[University World News, 21 June]

Scandal results in university review

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 June 2009 by Steve

India“India’s newly re-elected Congress Party-led government has been rocked by a higher education scandal that has forced the new Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal to take action. After a meeting with University Grants Commission officials, Sibal ordered the so-called ‘deemed university status’ awarded to 125 tertiary education institutions be reviewed, with all pending requests to be shelved …” (more)

[Raghavendra Verma, University World News, 21 June]

German under threat at QUB

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 June 2009 by Steve

UK“German is under threat at Queens University Belfast and our colleagues there need our support. David Robb of German at QUB writes that the subject is in good health at the University and that any attempts to close it could threaten the viability of other languages at degree level in the University …” (more)

[Association for German Studies Blog, 16 June]