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The persistence of the past

Last year was an annus horribilis for the West. The economies of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy collapsed under the weight of public debt; the Eurozone contemplated break up; anarchists occupied Wall Street; and Britain was gripped by urban riots. It was against this backdrop that History Today co-sponsored a conference held in November on […] … learn more→

Thinking green, and thinking big

A problem as complex and potentially intractable as climate change demands equally big solutions. At the first Harvard Thinks Green on Thursday, six Harvard professors gathered at Sanders Theatre to provide just that kind of thinking. The event was meant to tap into the “original fundamental reason why we are all here on campus for […] … learn more→

Are students \’the problem\’ when it comes to Uni success?

When uni drop out happens, it can be tempting to balme the student. But this is simplistic thinking at its worst. The ways in which students from low socio-economic status in Australian higher education are thought about and talked about need some careful examination. There are deficit conceptions of students from low socio-economic backgrounds and […] … learn more→

Saudi Universities offer cash in exchange for academic prestige

Two Saudi institutions are aggressively acquiring the affiliations of overseas scientists with an eye to gaining visibility in research journals. At first glance, Robert Kirshner took the e-mail message for a scam. An astronomer at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was offering him a contract for an adjunct professorship that would pay […] … learn more→

EURO 2012 is likely to hit school exam results, study suggests

School students who take their GCSEs during a major international football tournament, such as the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship, get worse exam results than they would in a football-free summer, according to an Oxford researcher. The study was led by Dr Robert Metcalfe of the University of Oxford, in collaboration with […] … learn more→

Experts help schools meet new state pesticide mandates

When the Child Safe Playing Fields Act came into effect for K-12 schools and day care centers in 2010-11, New York\’s 700 school districts had to find alternatives to using pesticides on their grass, playgrounds and playing fields. Cornell experts from the Department of Horticulture and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS […] … learn more→

The future of transnational education

Are we witnessing the death throes of transnational education? At least within Australia, transnational education (TNE) has been a key aspect of the internationalisation strategies of tertiary institutions. Universities in other parts of the world have not all joined Australia in this activity. The Erasmus Programme has been an important tool for European internationalisation strategies […] … learn more→

Toward increased environmental sustainability: Technological innovation in action

Technological innovation is providing sustainable alternatives in areas that have traditionally been high consumers of energy. Wind energy and photovoltaic cell technology get a lot of attention—deservedly. But many technologies that are praised for streamlining communication and creating greater efficiencies are equally deserving of attention for their role in reducing high levels of energy consumption. […] … learn more→

Princeton continues progress on sustainability goals, enters new phase of plan

Princeton University\’s greenhouse gas emissions have remained below 2008 levels for three years, and campus water usage and landfill waste each have declined by 13 percent since 2006. These key achievements are noted in the University\’s third annual Sustainability Report, published online. According to the report, the University continued to make significant progress on sustainability […] … learn more→