Monthly Archives: June 2019

Students: Has the Erasmus program democratized stays abroad?

Students: Has the Erasmus program democratized stays abroad?

On 21 March 2019, the annual report of the European agency Erasmus + presented the results of the famous European student exchange program showing an increase in the number of beneficiaries (+33% between 2014 and 2017 for outgoing mobility from France ) and a social “democratization” of the system, now open to students in vocational […] … learn more→

Libra: four reasons to be extremely cautious about Facebook’s new currency

Libra: four reasons to be extremely cautious about Facebook’s new currency

Facebook has unveiled libra, a cryptocurrency that will enable users to make international payments over Messenger and other group platforms like WhatsApp – perhaps from as soon as 2020. Here’s how it looks likely to work: a user would buy libra and keep a balance of the currency in Facebook’s digital wallet, called Calibra. The user could […] … learn more→

Things it has taken me 8 years to learn

Things it has taken me 8 years to learn

Our good buddy The Thesis Whisperer wrote a fab post on ‘how to run a blog for 8 years and not go insane‘ in 2018. It is a cracker of a post and gives excellent insight into how TW has managed to maintain such quality and longevity! At the time it was published, I read […] … learn more→

Chatbot business applications

Chatbot business applications

There are numerous Chatbot business applications. Today bots can be useful in practically any company in order to reach customers more effectively and maintain good, permanent relations with them. They will be effective wherever users expect meaningful conversations with representatives of a given company. Such conversations may take place via messaging platforms on social media […] … learn more→

Why university foundations struggle to raise funds

Why university foundations struggle to raise funds

The law on the freedoms and responsibilities of universities (LRU) of 10 August 2007 provided for the autonomy of universities at 1 st  January 2013. They would then have a freedom in research funding from private donors through foundations. Inspired by the successful North American model, these foundations encouraged alumni to donate to the universities they attended. By extension, the […] … learn more→

The three things universities must do to survive disruption

The three things universities must do to survive disruption

The nature of global communication (for better and worse) has changed. Virtually all young people in Australia spend an average of nine hours a day online and about three hours of that interacting on social media. That means they spend more time online than sleeping. Smartphones and smart technologies are our personal assistants with diary, shopping, research, translation, social and telecommunications capabilities […] … learn more→

The artisanal PhD

The artisanal PhD

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for anything ‘artisanal’. I love homeware shops full of hand crafted ceramic bowls, grocery stores with local honey and cafes with stripped brick walls and special regional coffees. I am nearly 50 (I know, I can hardly believe it either) so as soon as I become aware that a […] … learn more→