On the agenda – Week 4, 2012

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27 januari 2012 | What is the payoff to HE in times of economic crisis? Data from the OECD show significantly lower increase in unemployment among HE degree holders. Furthermore, in this week’s “On the agenda”: an international team of scientists creates an extremely hot atomic x-ray laser and Apple sells 350.000 academic textbooks in 3 days.

What is on the agenda for higher education stakeholders all overthe world? Every week ScienceGuide presents you with a selection ofthe most important topics and items trending in social media.

Take 1 – Policy

@OECDEducation: Higher education: an insurance policy against globaldownturns.

@TheOBHE: Unwelcome 1980s revival threatens Hungary’s academy.

@BC_CIHE: In times of university mergers,reorganisation of the Finnish higher education sector.

Take 2 – R&D

@Max Planck Society: Hotter than the sun’scorona – Max Planck & US scientists create the world’s firstatomic x-ray laser.

@Futurity News: Prejudice sparks anger in men,fear in women.

@Research Impact: State of the art in assessingresearch impact.

Take 3 – Students

@WorldEducation Services: Apple’s textbook initiative is paying off,with users downloading more than 350,000 textbooks in three days.

@Inside Higher Ed: 30% of provosts say gradeinflation is a problem on their campuses – while 65% say it’s aproblem elsewhere.

@World Uni Rankings: In Korea, governmentpressure to reduce massive cost of college has started to work asfees come down.

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