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  • 15 september - A consortium of educational institutions received an European grant for the promotion and development of young talent. “It is an enormous challenge for teachers to facilitate each talent while taking into account the diversity of the student population,” says Marca Wolfensberger who’s leading the initiative.
    22 februari - Good teachers integrate “a body of knowledge into their teaching behaviour and constantly mobilising those bits and pieces of knowledge,” OECD-director Dirk van Damme writes in his blog on innovative teaching. "It is only by understanding this process, that we will find what makes a ‘good teacher."
    4 april - At the Open Science conference of the Dutch EU-presidency the stakes are high, because “in everyday research, science is only accessible to scientists. Science has a high wall around it. A wall that keeps knowledge and data inside - and keeps the public out.” Minister Sander Dekker therefore pleads for opening up, drastically.
    14 maart - Hanan al-Hroub is the 2016 winner of the Global Teacher Prize. This was announced by Pope Francis in a message to the award-event this weekend. Who is she and was has teacher Hanan done to receive this special honor and $1 million to invest in her educationdream?
    6 april - Het negentiende-eeuwse Foxcombe Hall was de Universiteit van Peking bijna negen miljoen pond waard om een nieuwe dependance in te stichten in Oxford. De business school moet studenten een introductie bieden in de Chinese economie.
    2 maart - In 2013 Utrecht was named the most competitive region following the Regional Competitive Index carried out by the European Commission. In 2016 they have been overtaken by London.
    30 januari - Trump’s executive order to temporarily prevent people from seven Muslim-majority countries entrance into the US is already affecting academia. The European University Association (EUA) voices its concerns. “This is playing politics with the world knowledge pool and with academics’ and students’ lives.”
    26 januari - Not even a week after the Women’s March mobilized millions of people throughout the United States, scientists are planning a similar event for scientists worried about the policies of the Trump administration. “We hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics.”
    3 juli - Publisher Elsevier will not further appeal the decision to publicly disclose their contract with the Dutch universities. This means yet another step has been taken into the direction of full transparency.
    2 juni - The open access contracts between the Dutch universities and publishers Elsevier and Springer have to be publicly disclosed. That is the verdict of the committee charged with considering the appeal of the publishers against a freedom of information request.
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    22 september - This week's On the Agenda with a special focus on the upcoming German elections. Also, why Middle Eastern girls are cruishing their male peers in education. The people shaping up higher education in the UK. China's policy in innovation and global trade and an ethical watchdog for AI research.
    15 september - Lesson's from China's education system. European uni in Russia facing closure. Academic institutions should do better when it comes to reproducability. Beijing quietly becoming an innovation superpower. Europe's profile in startups rising and all on Turkey in this week's On the Agenda.