Archive for Spain

Stepping out of the Ivory Tower

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“What better setting for a conference than the city of Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia. A melting pot of cultures, an ancient learning center, Seville has huge potential to be a world class city in the creative economy. The scientific and technological activity hub is fed by Seville’s three universities, whose laboratories and research centers work in close connection with private and public actors in various fields of research …” (more)

[Julie Harris, OECD: Education Today, 21 February]

A UJI study reveals that university students and lecturers are open to educational innovation

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 December 2010 by Steve

“University students and lecturers have a positive attitude to educational innovation, according to research by the Educational Improvement and Critical Citizenship group of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castelló, Spain …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 23 December]

Does gender matter for academic promotion? Evidence from a randomised natural experiment

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

“Several countries have recently introduced gender quotas in hiring and promotion committees at universities. Evidence from promotions in the Spanish university system suggests that quotas are only effective at increasing the number of successful female applicants in promotions to top positions …” (more)

[HT: Richard Tol]
[Manuel F Bagues and Natalia Zinovyeva, Vox, 19 December]

Spain Turns to Science for Stimulus

Posted in research with tags on 13 March 2010 by Steve

“Spain’s economy is in trouble. The country’s real-estate bubble has collapsed and its unemployment rate is 20%. Can science provide a way out? That’s the hope of the country’s ministers, who today approved the text of a new research law that aims to reward scientific talent and encourage entrepreneurship, according to local Spanish-language reports …” (more)

[Antonio Regalado, Science Insider, 12 March]

Financial crisis hits universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Spain’s economic crisis is beginning to bite, hitting top Spanish universities – including the Universidad Complutense which joined The Europaeum in 2003. The government’s austerity measures kicked in from January and, although education was to be protected, public universities are feeling the pressure as regional authorities propose substantial cuts that will hit higher education …” (more)

[University World News, 21 February]

Spain’s vision for science

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Cristina Garmendia is fighting a campaign on two fronts. As head of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, she is faced with supporting research at a time of economic crisis and tight budgets. Since Spain took up its six-month presidency of the European Union (EU) on 1 January, however, she also has the opportunity to shape policy on research and innovation beyond national borders …” (more)

[Cristina Jiménez, Nature, 9 February]

Spain: Police repression against student protests

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 23 April 2009 by Steve

Spain“The Spanish government of José Luis Zapatero’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) is resorting to police repression in an attempt to silence students protesting its education reforms. The protests are part of student action across Europe against the Bologna Treaty, signed in 1999, which aims at subordinating education to the needs of big business. Global action in defence of universal education is planned this week across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Over several months now, students have been demonstrating and organising sit-ins and occupations at various universities around Spain …” (more)

[The Total Collapse, 22 April]

Spanish Academics Criticize University Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 27 March 2009 by Steve

Spain“Spanish society should know that the students of what is called the ‘anti-Bologna movement’, far from being anti-system fanatics or uninformed adolescents, are, at this moment, the only members of the university community that have the lucidity, the responsibility, the courage and the generosity sufficient to defend unyieldingly against the University’s substitution by quite a different thing altogether, to defend the very concept and the conditions of existence of a real system of higher education. They are the only ones interested, it seems, in the survival and support of an institution that conserves the ‘University’ in anything more than its name …” (more)

[, 26 March]

Student protests across Europe

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , , on 21 March 2009 by Steve

EU“As neo-liberal education reforms are planned across Europe, students in the continent have been taking to the streets leading to battles with riot police in several cities. On Wednesday morning, the day before the general strike over one million workers, students clashed with riot police in Paris after a demonstration over the university reforms. Universities across France have been barricaded and picketed for almost two months in a standoff over these higher education reforms. The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné yesterday reported that Sarkozy wanted student protests calmed by May, fearing echoes of the student-led protests of May 1968. Seven people were arrested and 80 injured in clashes in Barcelona between police and university students on Wednesday. The clashes occurred during two city-centre protests in the northeastern Spanish city after police forced students out of a university office they had occupied since November …” (more)

[Infoshop News, 20 March]