Archive for 11 October 2009

Who owns IP, university or researcher?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

Australia“The question whether a university or its employees own the intellectual property in inventions is not a new one. It has been around for a long time, has been the subject of many disputes and judicial decisions, and with the increasing commercialisation of universities, the involvement of several institutions in one project and the hunger for research funds and venture capital, it is not going to become any easier. To some extent, a recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia in The University of Western Australia v Gray provides some guidance on the issues involved …” (more)

[Neil Brown, University World News, 11 October]

Preparing Europe for a new Renaissance

Posted in research with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

EU“Raise R&D spending in Europe to a gargantuan 5% of gross domestic product by 2030. Triple the share of the European Union’s budget spent on science, and triple national outlays on higher education within Europe as well. And while we’re at it: double the percentage of the EU population with a tertiary education. Those are some of the ambitious – and some say unrealistic – targets a European science policy panel laid out for the next 20 years in a report last week …” (more)

[Martin Enserink, University World News, 11 October]

The whole truth and nothing but – sometimes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

Australia“Organisational research has created a new way to generate repeat business – training staff to ‘appear’ to be telling the truth. Most people are not good at detecting lies and research by Melbourne Business School Professor Karen Jehn found in 80% of cases, customers believed they were being lied to when actually they were told the truth. Jehn says this perception of lying matters because it influences repeat business and the satisfaction of the customer and employee …” (more)

[Lauraine McDonald, University World News, 11 October]

Changing the academic profession

Posted in Life with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

Finland“The Changing Academic Profession survey is an ambitious study of the attitudes of academic staff in more than 20 countries. The largest and most extensive survey of academics yet undertaken, it sought to assess the characteristics of academic staff and their work. Speakers from 10 countries presented country-specific and comparative findings at the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management international conference held in Melbourne. Dr Timo Aarrevaara of the University of Helsinki presented findings from the Finnish survey …” (more)

[Ian Dobson, University World News, 11 October]

‘Re-moralising’ the university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

Australia“The central ethical premise of universities has changed fundamentally. The discovery and dissemination of knowledge has been replaced by the desire to exploit it. Just think, can anyone today imagine a university giving a valuable vaccine away? Hardly likely. In fact, the government encourages universities to do just the opposite – to patent our discoveries and capitalise on our intellectual property …” (more)

[Steven Schwartz, University World News, 11 October]

Spending on universities rises during recession

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

china“The year 2009 probably will be remembered as one of the worst in terms of higher education financing in the US. Contrary to this miserable scenario, institutions of higher education on the other side of the Pacific have seen their financial situation improving despite the crisis. Hao Ping, China’s Vice Minister of Education, announced this at a news conference to showcase educational achievements on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China …” (more)

[Cong Cao, University World News, 11 October]

Higher education and research still a priority

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 October 2009 by Steve

France“Higher education and research remain next year’s chief priority in the French budget, totalling just over €29 billion (US$42.5 billion), an increase of 5.3% over 2009. The high allocation is in keeping with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election promise to increase the sector’s funding by EUR1.8 billion annually over five years until 2012, in an effort to make France succeed in the ‘worldwide battle for intelligence’ …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 11 October]