Archive for Germany

Academic staff in Germany

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“RT @hsspiegel Majority of academic staff in Germany on short-term contracts. Half of them less than 12 months.” (tweet)

[Gaby Mahlberg, Twitter, 12 March]


PhD row ex-minister faces charges after resignation

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who last week stepped down as Germany’s Minister of Defence following allegations of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, has also resigned his seat in parliament, meaning he is no longer immune from prosecution. With more than 100 accusations of plagiarism being probed by prosecutors, zu Guttenberg is now facing preliminary court proceedings …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 8 March]

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his movable type

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The resignation of a minister over PhD plagiarism reveals how much more Germany values academia than we do …” (more)

[Philip Oltermann, Guardian, 2 March]

German defence minister quits over plagiarism row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“German’s defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has resigned from all political posts after a scandal over duplications in his PhD thesis has grown out of proportion …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 1 March]

German scientists outraged in defence minister plagiarism affair

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Thousands of German scientists and academics have signed an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel expressing their unhappiness over the official handling of the by-now notorious case of plagiarism on the part of her minister of defence. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is accused of having duplicated large parts of his 2006 PhD thesis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Academic plagiarism and the wider world

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 February 2011 by Steve

“Academics are used to discussions about the nature and implications of plagiarism, both on the part of students and occasionally by staff. But just occasionally plagiarism that had its origins in academic exercises creates waves in the wider world …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 February]

University strips German minister of his doctorate

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 February 2011 by Steve

“The German defence minister rejected opposition claims he was a ‘liar and a cheat’ but has admitted writing an ‘obviously problematic’ doctoral thesis …” (more)

[Derek Scally, Irish Times, 24 February]

German minister will ‘give up’ PhD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags on 22 February 2011 by Steve

“Germany’s defence minister said today he would give up his doctorate title in an attempt to quell a plagiarism scandal that has prompted a criminal investigation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 February]

German defence minister to drop PhD title over plagiarism row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2011 by Steve

“Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany’s defence minister, said he would ‘temporarily’ drop his PhD title owing to a plagiarism scandal threatening to engulf the career of one the country’s most popular politicians …” (more)

[Matthew Day, Daily Telegraph, 18 February]

German minister accused of plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is minister of defence in Angela Merkel’s cabinet and was, until recently, also Germany’s most popular politician. He is young, good-looking and a self-proclaimed acid-rock fan. Now he is being charged with plagiarism: The Christian Democrat politician allegedly duplicated passages from newspaper articles, conference proceedings and grey literature for his PhD thesis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 16 February]

90 Papers by German Could Be Retracted on Ethics Concerns

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“An ongoing investigation into the work of a German anaesthesiologist may lead to as many as 90 retractions. Joachim Boldt was fired in November from his job as head of anesthesia at the Klinikum Ludwigshafen after an investigation into a 2009 paper raised suspicions …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science Insider, 4 February]

Student mobility rising fast, study shows

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“The number of German students studying abroad doubled in 2000-08. A survey suggests that they are much more mobile than students from most other countries …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 16 January]

NUI Galway Lecturers Amongst Group Awarded For Promoting German In Ireland

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 January 2011 by Steve

“The Business German in Ireland Working Group has been announced as the winner of the Kuratorium Award for 2010. The group includes three NUI Galway lecturers …” (more)

[NUI Galway News, 10 January]

Fears for degree muddle

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“The dispute over Germany’s retention of its old diplom degree in the engineering sciences despite the Bologna process has been given further impetus through the adoption of new legislation by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the announcement by a leading university specialising in engineering sciences that it will introduce new diplom courses this year …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 9 January]

Shoe on other foot as German students send toys to Ireland

Posted in Life with tags on 24 December 2010 by Steve

“A group of German students, who spent a semester studying Ireland, organised a campus-wide campaign to collect shoe boxes of toys to send to the needy in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 December]

Giant Slides Should be Obligatory In Every University and School Building

Posted in Life with tags , on 24 December 2010 by Steve

“This is the Technische Universitat in Munich, Germany. Those giant tubes are slides to go from the top floor to the ground level patio. Why? It doesn’t matter. This is an example to be followed all around the world.” (photo)

[Gizmodo, 22 December]

Private universities – not-so Ivy League

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 December 2010 by Steve

“‘We may be swimming against the current’, says Stephan Jansen, President of Zeppelin University, one of Germany’s top private schools. ‘But we are comfortable in our lane.’ Zeppelin University programmes bridge the disciplines of business, politics and culture …” (more)

[Lily Philipose, University World News, 19 December]

German research centre widens misconduct probe

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“Rocked by revelations of long-running scientific misconduct in its immunology department, the Research Center Borstel in Germany is to broaden its investigation into the work of a pair of former scientists suspected of systematic image manipulation in a number of research papers …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 13 December]

German university woes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“If you think that budgetary and regulatory concerns are unique to higher education institutions in these islands, you may perhaps find some comfort in the anguish now being expressed by universities in Germany …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 December]

Joint university founded in Istanbul

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 November 2010 by Steve

“Germany and Turkey have founded a new university in Istanbul. The Deutsch-Türkische Universität (DTU) is to focus on engineering sciences and engage in intensive cooperation with industry, but will also be providing a platform for cultural exchange …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 7 November]