01 novembre 2012

OECD, Boston College explore role of research universities

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy David Stanfield and Daniel Lincoln. In a groundbreaking partnership with Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education, the OECD recently hosted an international working conference under the aegis of its new Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) programme.
The conference examined the role of research universities in global knowledge networks, and was opened by Åsa Olsson, IHERD coordinator, and Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education, or CIHE. Held on the Boston College campus and drawing on the expertise of some 40 guests from around the world, the seminar explored the future prospects of research institutions in developing and middle-income countries.

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After Weak Returns, the Endowment Fund Limits Withdrawals

New York TimesBy JULIE CRESWELL. The sales pitch for the fund was simple: a chance for individual investors to get in on the same high-octane private equity and hedge funds that have fueled successful returns for large university endowments for years. But now investors in the fund, the nine-year-old, $3.3 billion Endowment Fund, are finding it was much easier to get in than it is to get out.
The fund, run by Mark Yusko, the charismatic former chief of the endowment for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, sent letters on Friday to investors saying it was limiting the amount of money that could be taken out each quarter. Investors withdrew more than $1 billion, or about a quarter of the fund’s assets, this year through September, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Investors generally have been disappointed with hedge fund returns for the last couple of years because many have lagged the gains made in the stock market. Investors have pulled about $13.2 billion, or 2 percent of total assets, from hedge funds for the year through August, according to estimates by BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. The firms estimate that in the 3,000 hedge funds that they track, assets have fallen 28.7 percent from their peak of $2.4 trillion in 2008 through a combination of weak performance and withdrawals.
But hedge fund investors and lawyers said the move by the Endowment Fund was one of the first forms of gating, or reducing the ability of investors to take out their money, since the financial crisis. Then, several large hedge funds gated, angering their investors who could not get access to their money.
The troubles at the Endowment Fund are a black eye for Mr. Yusko, a frequent speaker at investment conferences who, after leaving the University of North Carolina in 2004, built a substantial hedge fund empire that at its peak in 2008 controlled $22 billion in assets. Today, he oversees $14 billion.
Mr. Yusko declined to comment on Monday.
He started the Endowment Fund in 2003 with Salient Partners, a Houston firm that managed money for wealthy individuals. It is a fund that invests in dozens of other funds, including some run by prominent managers who have stumbled in recent years, like John A. Paulson, Philip A. Falcone and Eric Mindich.
Several experts were quick to say they saw the gating at the Endowment Fund as a reflection of what that fund had invested in, not as a general trend among funds. About 35 percent of the fund’s assets are invested in real estate, energy and private equity assets — investments that the fund simply could not exit quickly if investors were to demand their cash.
The substantial redemptions in the Endowment Fund follow several years of weak returns. For the 12 months ending late August, the fund was down 2.5 percent, compared with an 18 percent gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and a 0.9 percent decline in the average hedge fund. Over the last five years, the Endowment Fund returned 5.7 percent annually, lagging the 7.7 percent gain by the S.&. P. 500 and the 7.3 percent annual gain by the average hedge fund.
“Hedge funds, as an asset class, have underperformed the stock market and there are definitely some investors out there who feel like they haven’t been invited to the party,” said Stewart Massey, a partner at Massey Quick in Morristown, N.J., which invests money for individuals and institutions.
But the fees investors have paid the Endowment Fund for its lukewarm performance have been considerable, up to about 3.5 percent a year. Additionally, the underlying funds can receive as much as 25 percent of any profits they make.
On top of that, some of the fund’s investors who came in through Merrill Lynch financial advisers may have paid as much as a 2.5 percent upfront fee, similar to what is charged for other funds, according to internal Merrill Lynch documents. More...

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Canada not “top-of-mind” destination for international students

iPoliticsBy Michelle Zilio. A government program aimed at attracting international students to Canada is failing to do so, according to a recent report from Ipsos Reid.
The report, presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in March and recently made public, surveyed prospective students, parents and university educational advisors in Brazil, China and India to gather feedback for the development of Edu-Canada’s “Imagine Education in Canada” brand. The report found that, aside from Brazilian participants interested in language studies and one Brazilian education advisor, “Canada is not a top-of-mind destination for foreign study for participants of any of the three countries.”
“Imagine Education in Canada”, launched by DFAIT and the Council of Ministers of Education Canada in 2008, aims to brand Canada as a top study destination for international students. The program, in its fourth year, was allocated $1 million a year for five years.
The report found that participants were unaware of Canada’s “world-class educational establishments,” apart from a few mentions of the University of Toronto.
“While participants believe that Canada as a developed country must have an adequate level of education, there is no perception of a Canadian education advantage compared to others,” the report read.
Participants expressed a preference for educational institutions in the U.K. and the U.S., citing their prestigious reputations and high placement in world university rankings.
“Given that the presence of world-class educational establishments is the leading factor that drives the choice of a foreign destination for education, this lack of prominence is a serious obstacle,” the report states.
A number of top Canadian universities took a hit to their reputation at the beginning of October when the annual Times Higher Education World University Ranking was released. The University of Toronto dropped out of the top 20 this year, from number 19 to 21, while the University of British Columbia plummeted from number 22 to 30, and McGill fell out of the top 30 to 34th place worldwide. Four years after its launch, says the report, the “Imagine Education in/au Canada” still lacks a specific national brand — unlike Canada’s competitors. Participants said the Canadian brand lacked details about university rankings, top programs, famous or successful people with Canadian credentials, and Canadian institutions in scientific publications or the media.
“The absence of a clear national brand, which is present among Canada’s competitors, leaves participants wondering who the sponsor of the communications is,” the report read.
Statistics Canada data examining the number of international students attending university in Canada show international interest in Canadian institutions has flatlined in recent years. From 1992 to 2003, the overall percentage of international students at Canadian universities jumped nearly three percentage points, from 4.2 to 7.1 per cent. But from 2003 to 2008, that number levelled off, growing by less than half of a percentage point over six years. Canada’s international reputation as a leading study destination can be improved, according to the report.
The report called for a number of improvements in the marketing and advertising of Canada as a study destination: increased advertising for Canada’s advanced scientific research, adding English and French support for international students who wish to learn either language, using successful Canadian personalities in marketing, and pursuing a more aggressive outreach to prospective students through social media networks.
The report also said practical information such as the availability of cultural activities, quality of living and Canada’s natural beauty should be made available to prospective international students.
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Why we need the world's best

Subscribe to The Gazette and stay connected your wayBy HEATHER MUNROE-BLUM. Let me explode the myths about international students. They enrich Quebec, and we have to get better at attracting them.
The great historian Marcel Trudel liked to talk about the myths and realities of Quebec's history. On my side, I'll talk about the myths and realities of the international role of Quebec's universities - a key role for the success of Quebec.
I'm going to use a question-and-answer format. And, because I'm a professor, I'm going to ask the questions and give the answers!
Myth or reality? International students are a drain on Quebec.

Myth. International students are essential contributors to Quebec's success. We cannot succeed without more well-educated, highly skilled, multilingual people. People who have knowledge and experience of the major cultures of the world; people who are comfortable with managing complexity, and who are welcoming of change.
International students are exactly what Quebec needs. They spend years in our institutions, they speak or are motivated to learn French, they know Quebec's values, and they are already integrating into our society. Collectively, we Quebecers have supported a portion of their education with our taxes, and, collectively, we Quebecers benefit from the investment made elsewhere in their early training and from who they are today. More...

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Hallucinatory realism of open education

China Daily WebsiteBy Berlin Fang. On Oct 18, 2012, Time magazine published an article by Amanda Ripley on the impact of massive open online courses on higher education. It was one of many recent reports on this innovative method of teaching. I first heard of MOOC from the charismatic Curtis Bonk, of Indiana University and author of The World is Open. Bonk goes around the world evangelizing the concept of open education and teaching a MOOC course on instructional design and educational technology.
The movement has grown far beyond Bonk's field of educational technology. Through mega courses, the MOOC movement is making academic superstars out of often obscure professors of physics, statistics, poetry, differential equations or even applied cryptography. Open education is exciting, or even hallucinatory, when reporters create in readers' minds images of a yak herder in Tibet learning poetry from Yale, or an 11-year-old girl in Pakistan learning introductory physics from Stanford.
As tuition fees rise, such alternatives to traditional education are tempting. Teachers also get excited about such teaching methods. But some harsh realities loom over open education enthusiasts. Even in the United States, open education is not an open range without fences. Online course provider Coursera changed its terms of service to restrict students from Minnesota because a law of that US state seems to pose legal risks to it. Innovative offerings do not necessarily cannibalize earlier ones in their entirety. While online or hybrid courses enter the mainstream, they have not replaced traditional educational offerings. Multimodal education is going to be the new norm for colleges and universities in many parts of the world.
No innovative medium of education carries an innate advantage in producing the desired educational outcome. Each innovative method must eventually compete in terms of quality and cost. China's open university experiment may be a great example for the world to study as technology-driven educational innovations unfold. Before the Internet, in 1979 to be precise, China created a massive "Broadcasting and Television University" system. As the original name suggests, the system depends on the use of radio and television to deliver lessons to people. One would assume that it must have gone out of business in this age of the Internet. But it is still alive and well. Now renamed the Open University of China, it has a vast network which includes the Central Open University in Beijing, 44 provincial open universities and 46,724 "teaching stations" across the country, according to the OUC website.
I asked the editor of Open Education Research, Wei Zhihui, what OUC can offer to the rest of the world. Despite Wei's humble stance that her journal focuses more on sharing cases of Chinese universities learning from others, the Chinese system does offer something fellow open education researchers and practitioners can learn from. The most impressive thing about the OUC system is its down-to-earth pragmatism. OUC does not make wide claims about how cutting-edge it is, or how it is going to change the world. It focuses more on figuring out where it may work and where it may not.
It does not compete head-on with the elite universities. Instead, it keeps looking for its own market niches: students from economically depressed areas, faraway places underserved by traditional universities, rural students, or employees seeking continuing education. In Shanghai, for instance, the Open University focuses on community needs. The system also embraces new methods of teaching as technologies evolve. These and many other pragmatic approaches have secured OUC a foothold in the market, even though it has lost its initial technological advantage and large pool of students. I am under the impression that MOOC advocates focus excessively on how large their virtual classes are and how faraway their students can be. Eventually, students come to institutions that exhibit strength, not size. Instead of sensational reports on educational revolutions and re-inventions, the industry might consider the more humble approaches of OUC. Like people, part of being a smart institution is knowing what you cannot do. The author is a US-based instructional designer, literary translator and columnist writing on cross-cultural issues.

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Russia, China, Iran close ranks in Tajikistan

Pravda.ruBy Olivia Kroth. The Republic of Tajikistan, a comparatively small country with a size of 143.000 square kilometers, plays a pivotal role in Central Asia, just like its neighbours, Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west and Kyrgyzstan in the north. The population of this landlocked, mountainous republic is 80 percent Tajik, the rest either Uzbek, Kyrgyz or Russian. Tajik is spoken as the official language, but Russian is widely understood and used as well. Russia, China and Iran are close neighbours and allies for Tajikistan. All three powers have a vested interest in keeping on good terms with the government in Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital, and Emomali Rahmon, who became President in 2004.
Furthermore, all three allies show great interest in keeping western meddlers and peddlers out. The meddling in internal affairs of Central Asian countries and the peddling of "democracy," western style, is not welcome, according to the motto "Asia for Asians."
Russia probably has the closest ties to Tajikistan, a former Soviet Republic from 1924 to 1990. When the Soviet Union dissolved, Tajikistan's newly gained independence encouraged China and Iran to seek closer ties with the small country as well. In spite of its relative poverty, Tajikistan boasts a high rate of literacy, due to the Soviet free system of education. Almost 100 percent of the 7.5 million inhabitants have the ability of reading and writing, mostly in two languages, Tajik and Russian. The Russian Federation is taking great pains to augment Russian language schools on Tajik territory as part of its efforts to recover the post-Soviet space.
At the beginning of October 2012, President Vladimir Putin flew to Dushanbe for an official visit and wrapped up the deal to prolong the lease for the Russian military base in Tajikistan for another 30 years, until 2042.
His talks with Emomali Rahmon proved to be highly successful. Vladimir Putin came home to Moscow with the "trophy from the Pamirs," as the Indian analyst, M.K. Bhadrakumar, attested in the Russia & India Report. "It becomes an extraordinary occasion to celebrate life. Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn't have celebrated with happier tidings than these," he wrote.
The new lease will cost Russia practically nothing, as it is part of a package deal, profitable for both sides, a classical "win-win" situation.  Russia agreed to deliver oil products for domestic consumption to Tajikistan without imposing export duties.
In addition, Russia promised to increase the legal and social protection for Tajikistani labour migrants in the Russian Federation, extending the deadlines for registration up to 15 days and the validity of work permits up to three years. Currently, there are 1.3 million Tajikistani citizens working in the Russian Federation. In 2011, they sent home almost three billion USD, about 50 percent of Tajikistan's GDP. 
The package deal also specifies cultural, educational and scientific cooperation. Moscow State University and the National Research and Technology University have already opened branches in Dushanbe, the Moscow Energy Institute will follow soon. Almost 5.000 students from Tajikistan are studying at Russian universities, while the Russian-Tajikistani Slavic University in Dushanbe now has 4.300 students enrolled.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his hope that these numbers would grow, as knowledge of Russian could considerably expand Tajikistan's professional opportunities, especially for young people, helping them to find jobs in the Russian space. Tajikistan's resources consist of hydropower potential and natural gas reserves. The country possesses the highest dam worldwide, Nurak Dam.  Russia has installed the Sangtudin Hydroelectric Power Station, which produces 15 percent of the country's electricity. Gazprom-Zarubezhneftegaz and Gazpromneft-Tajikistan are planning to construct a service station network in the country. Total Russian investment in Tajikistan actually amounts to 1.2 billion USD. In 2011, Russian companies invested 133.6 million USD in the republic of the Pamirs. From 2010 to 2012, fifteen new joint ventures were established. All in all, there are 125 Russian-Tajik joint ventures in different sectors, from construction and retail to producing furniture and textiles.
The key, however, remains the Russian military presence. Russia's bases in Dushanbe, Kulob and Kurgan-Tyube are highly strategic assets, giving Moscow the capacity of influencing the shape of things to come, not only in Tajikistan itself, but in the greater region of Central Asia, too. Having secured the prolongation of the lease for its military base until 2042, Russia emerges as the principal provider of safety in Central Asia, especially after the successful agreement with the Government in Bishkek on the prolongation of the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan.
First success: Kyrgyzstan. Second success: Tajikistan. Not only did Vladimir Putin sign two now lease contracts for Russian military bases, but he made sure at the same time that no western bases will furthermore exist in these post-Soviet Republics. The western ex-imperialist base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, will be closed in 2014. In Tajikistan, none will be opened.
The Russian President can be very happy and proud of this feat. "The trophy is all his, although he won it for Russia, since it was all personal diplomacy at the one-on-one level with his counterpart in Dushanbe, Emomali Rahmon," the Indian journalist, M.K. Bhadrakumar, emphasized. Interestingly, both statesmen were born just two days apart, they could almost be twins. Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) on the 7th of October 1952. Emomali Rahmon was born in Kulob, Kulob Oblast, on the 5th of October 1952.
This is not the only point they have in common, though. Both men studied economics. Vladimir Putin holds a PhD degree from the University of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in economics. Emomali Rahmon graduated with a Bachelor's degree in economics from the Tajik State University in Dushanbe. Their background and past experiences are probably similar as well, since both grew up in Soviet times, in the Soviet space, with the best of Soviet work ethos, serving their country with absolute loyalty, great enthusiasm and an iron will. Both politicians served in several administrative functions, before being elected as presidents. They are born in the Zodiac sign of Libra, which makes them excellent communicators, with diplomatic skills and finely tuned sensitivity for their counterparts. This was mirrored in the highly diplomatic language used on both sides during the final press conference in Dushanbe.
"I express my great satisfaction with our talks. I am sure that this official visit by the President of Russia, our friend, will open a new page in the rich history of our countries' relations," President Emomali Rahmon said.
President Vladimir Putin answered, "The President of Tajikistan, Mr. Rahmon, can take a lot of credit for the high level of interstate relations, the strategic partnership and cooperation that we have. He has done much to see the results in the agreements signed. Let me say a few words about our talks today. They took place in a very friendly, frank and businesslike atmosphere."
Obviously, these statesmen are masters in flattering, flowery speech, as could be expected from Oriental potentates. No haggling or squabbling, no insults and threats, as is often the case in the West. The Asian way of dealing with each other is considerate and complimentary, bringing about the best of results.
The Indian journalist of the Russia & India Report praised President Putin's "immense personal charisma among all Central Asian peoples and his reputation for being decisive. He enjoys excellent personal chemistry with the Central Asian leaderships, and his fame as Orientalist is unmatched among Russia's political elites, who are largely considered to be Westerners with no passion for the steppes."
After the talks, Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon visited Russia's 201st Gatchina Twice-Red Banner Military Base in Tajikistan, which was awarded the Order of Zhukov by the Russian President. He fixed the decoration to the base's battle flag. The 201st motor rifle division is one of the most combat-effective Russian divisions, consisting of 7.000 soldiers and three motor rifle regiments: the 92nd, stationed in Dushanbe; the 148th, in Kulob; the 191st, in Kurgan-Tyube.
Furthermore, the 998th artillery regiment and the 1098th air defense regiment are both based in Dushanbe, together with an air group of seven helicopters. Dushanbe also hosts the 670th air group with five Su-25 fighter jets, while a battery of MlRS "Grad" BM-21 is stationed in Kurgan-Tyube. Russia has an optical-electronic complex "Oleno" in Nurak for outer space surveillance. It was designed to detect and identify space objects. The Russian military and their families enjoy the rights of diplomatic personnel in Tajikistan. They have immunity against arrest, search and the confiscation of personal belongings. With the signing of the new agreement, Russia's presence in Central Asia has acquired the final shape for decades ahead. Highly satisfied with the outcome, President Vladimir Putin presented Russia's latest sniper rifle to President Emomali Rahmon as a personal gift for his 60th birthday. The military nature of this present is obvious. It seals the successful military deal between the two allies.
Another major player is the People's Republic of China. The Chinese leaders are also wooing the little country in the Pamir mountains, due to its strategic position, bordering on China's Xinjang Uygur Autonomous Region. Tajikistan and big sister China share a 500-kilometer-long border. The Uygur Autonomous Region is the largest Chinese administrative division, spanning over 1.6 million square kilometers, an area about the size of Iran, with almost 22 million inhabitants who are mainly Moslems. The region is a major supplier of agricultural products, especially fruits, such as grapes, melons and pears, but also of wheat, cotton and silk. It possesses large deposits of oil and minerals. In the 19th century, the region was noted for producing gold and jade.
Emomali Rahmon is just as friendly and obliging towards the Chinese leaders as he is towards the Russian President, with mutual visits between Beijing and Dushanbe going back and forth. Hu Jintao, China's President, has met the Tajik President 13 times since 2003, assuring that both sides should maintain frequent interactions on regional and international issues of common concern. Chinese-Tajikistani cooperation touches the areas of agriculture, education, energy, infrastructure, sports, science and technology.
The two countries harbour medium and long term plans in farming, fishing, livestock breeding, processing of agricultural products and agriculture technology, a senior official of the Communist Party of China, Zhou Yongkang, commented. He visited Dushanbe in August 2012 to hold talks with the Tajik Prime Minister, Akil Akilov. Both countries' bilateral trade has increased by 14 times between 2007 and 2012. Tajikistan has leased out 600 hectares of agricultural land in its south to a Chinese company, which is showing great success. Chinese millions are flowing to the little neighbouring country continuously. Since 2005, China has disbursed 900 million USD to help Tajikistan build new roads, tunnels and electricity lines. In 2012, the two sides signed new agreements for Beijing to lend Dushanbe another one billion dollars. Of this new credit, 600 million will be spent on the construction of a cement factory in the south.
China's Zijin Mining Group has invested 200 million USD into gold mining in Tajikistan. The joint venture produces 1.3 tonnes of gold annually and shall be expanded to yield five tonnes per year by 2016. The Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) is currently exploring gas and oil potential in Tajikistan, side by side with the Russian companies. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the third player involved in this region. Tajikistanis and Iranians are brotherly peoples, culturally and historically connected for 2.500 years. Both nations speak the same language, although the alphabets differ. The capitals lie 1.000 kilometers apart, but when their presidents meet, they do not need interpreters.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Emomali Rahmon lead the world's two majority Persian-speaking nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "Iran and Tajikistan are one spirit in two bodies."
When the Republic of Tajikistan declared its independence, Iran was the first nation to establish an embassy in Dushanbe and provided assistance to build new mosques. Iran's red, white and green tricolor flag served as a model for Tajikistan's flag.
Iranian culture - books, films, music and TV programmes - are widely popular with the Tajik people. They also celebrate Nowrooz, the Iranian New Year Festival. Iran provides language classes in Dushanbe to teach the Persian script, holds art exhibitions and has already transcribed 350 books from Persian script into Tajik Cyrillic. During his last visit to Dushanbe, the Iranian President inaugurated the Iran Culture House. It features an Iranian restaurant, a book exhibition and displays Iranian clothing. Sunni Islam is the official religion of Tajikistan. The government has declared two Islamic holidays, Id Al-Fitr and Idi Qurban, as state holidays. The population is 98 percent Muslim and two percent Russian Orthodox. Generally, the relationship between all religions in Tajikistan is amiable and tolerant.
There are no animosities between Tajik Sunni and Iranian Shiite Muslims, either. On the contrary, they respect each other as belonging to one big religious family. Muhiddin Kabiri, head of Tajikistan's Islamic Renewal Party, noted, "We are two peoples united by a common language, literature, history and religion, Islam."
On the 12th of February 2011, the Tajik Foreign Minister, Hamrokhon Zarifi, stated at an event in Dushanbe, while celebrating the anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution, "Today, Tajik society is witnessing the Islamic Republic of Iran's activity and role in the growth and expansion of Tajikistan's economy." He referred to projects like the Sangtodeh-2 power plant, the Anzob Tunnel and Istiklol Tunnel as examples of Iran's role in Tajik economy.
Both countries wish to revive the old Silk Road leading from China across Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran to the Mediterranean Sea. Another joint venture project is a 500 million USD cement factory in Tajikistan's Khatlon province. Furthermore, Iran has spent millions on the development of hydropower in Tajikistan and is now planning to build a new hydropower plant near the Zarafshan River. In 2011, trade turnover between Iran and Tajikistan reached 500 million USD. Another sign of their good connections are the daily flights between Dushanbe and Teheran, which are served by Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines and Tajik Air.
The multitude of undertakings and projects prove that Russia, China and Iran are closing ranks in Tajikistan, with the long term aim of blocking the Central Asian landmass against intrusions and interventions from outside. Tajikistan indicated that it wants to join the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. It has already joined SCO, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which also includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The organization was founded in Shanghai, in the year 2001. Iran, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mongolia attend the summits as guests with observer status. The official languages of the SCO are Russian and Chinese. At the summit in Astana/Kazakhstan in 2005, the Kazhak President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, greeted his guests with the following words: "The leaders of the states sitting at this negotiation table are the representatives of half of humanity." This half of humanity can be observed as emancipating itself, growing together to defend and protect its homelands. 
In June 2012, the SCO held military exercises in Tajikistan, dubbed "Peace Mission 2012." About 2.000 troops from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan participated in the drills, held at the Choruk-Dairon training ground, some 30 kilometers east of the northern Tajik city of Khujand. Once in a while, some western media like to point out that the post-Soviet republics, including Tajikistan, are "flirting with the West." This could be true. Flirting, however, is quite a different matter from matrimony. One might flirt here and there, but will surely think twice before getting married. A saying of the late Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin comes to mind, "The logic of circumstances is always stronger than the logic of intention."  In certain circumstances it is pragmatic and wise to seek good contact and close cooperation with one's circumambient neighbours, especially if they are financially and militarily as powerful as Russia, China and Iran.
For those readers who cannot appreciate what Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878-1953) had to say, here is a short poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), the famous German classic author, who formulated nearly the same idea, albeit a century earlier and in a more poetic way:
"Erinnerung"
Willst du immer weiter schweifen?
Sieh, das Gute liegt so nah.
Lerne nur das Glück ergreifen.
Denn das Glück ist immer da.
Goethe, "Memento": Do you want to roam always further?  Look, good things are so close.  Learn to grasp fortune, as fortune is always present. Prepared for publication by Lisa Karpova, Pravda.Ru.

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Universities already engaged in Asia

http://resources2.news.com.au/cs/australian/paid/images/sprite/logos.pngBy Chrys Gunasekara, Croydon NSW. Engagement in higher education partnerships is a key plank in the Asia White Paper. Australian universities have been doing this, with mixed success, for several years.
Several approaches have been adopted, from full-scale campus presence to joint programs staffed from Australia, attracting international students to study here and expanding distance education into Asia. Several Australian universities have representation in Asian markets through arrangements with local agents who promote the universities’ offerings abroad. The Asia White Paper builds on these initiatives and encourages closer and stronger ties.

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As Education Level Rises, More Young People Over Qualified for Jobs

ArirangBy Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News. 24-year-old Im Seul-mi, a senior in college, has one year left before graduation. While doing an internship for credit, she is busy gathering information about graduate programs in international development. She says a Master's degree is a must to get into her field of choice.
"A Master's program in development will give me a hands on experience in the field, giving me an upper hand when applying for an overseas job. I didn't think having a higher degree is a must, but many of my friends are thinking about grad school. Now, I feel somewhat obligated to go to grad school."
"With many young people like Seul-mi pursuing a higher education, college has become common place in Korea, and it's happened at a rapid rate. Today, 40-percent of the entire population, has either graduated from college or had some education at the college level or above. That's much higher than the OECD average of 30-percent in 2009."
It's a significant change from the 1970s, when college education was not common at all. Back then, the ratio of adults with a college education was not quite one in every 10 people, and 30 percent of the adult population was without an elementary school education. Experts say the rapid increase in the number of people with a college education in the past 40 years has come along with Korea's rapid industrialization. However, there simply aren't enough jobs for all of the highly over-educated students.
"Seventy percent of high school graduates are going on to college in Korea. And this is not normal for any given society. No matter how advanced and developed, a nation cannot provide such a high number of elite jobs. This means that many Koreans, with a college or higher education, are being forced to take jobs under their qualifications, which creates a huge cost at the individual and national level."
What's more, despite the gloomy statistics, the frenzy for education among Korean parents shows no signs of abating.
New data shows that Korean parents spent nearly 19 billion U.S. dollars on private education last year alone.

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Handi2day ou la rencontre du recrutement et du handicap

Le GREP RH, site des relations Ecoles-EntreprisesJulien Pompey, Le Grep. La 4e édition du salon Handi2Day se déroule du 22 au 26 octobre 2012. Ce salon se présente comme le seul espace de recrutement en ligne et sur mobile dédié aux personnes en situation de handicap. Interview de Tcherno Baldé, dirigeant de Job2day, coorganisateur de ce salon avec le site Handicap.fr.
En quoi consiste le salon Handi2day?

"Le principe d'Handi2day est à la fois simple, inédit et innovant: il permet à des candidats en situation de handicap de postuler à un emploi sans se déplacer, à partir de leurs ordinateurs, tablettes ou téléphones portables. Car ce salon est entièrement dédié aux personnes handicapées, par l'intermédiaire des nouvelles technologies. Handi2day est en effet la rencontre entre un besoin et la solution de salons de recrutement en ligne et sur mobile, Job2day. Cette technologie se révèle être particulièrement bien adaptée, notamment pour les personnes à activité réduite, se trouvant éloignées des métropoles, ou celles se déplaçant pas ou peu sur les salons. C'est ainsi très simple pour elles de communiquer, ici, avec près de 50 entreprises: c'est un message fort et rassurant. De leur côté, les entreprises peuvent se concentrer uniquement sur le recrutement."
Il s'agit, cette année, de la 4e édition. Comment se sont déroulées les précédentes?

"Les précédentes éditions du salon Handi2day ont très bien marché. La première a ainsi réuni 12 entreprises et 1 400 candidats. La seconde une vingtaine d'entreprises et 4 000 candidats. Et la troisième, en avril dernier, comptait une quarantaine d'entreprises et plus de 10 000 candidats, donnant lieu à 2 000 entretiens de recrutement. Et pour cette quatrième édition, nous attendons une cinquantaine de recruteurs de secteurs très différents: banque, aéronautique, assurance… Nous espérons ainsi permettre l'embauche de plusieurs centaines de personnes en situation de handicap."
Y a-t-il des nouveautés cette année?

"Un certain nombre d'éléments nouveaux vont en effet faire leur apparition. Lors de la première journée, par exemple, il va notamment y avoir une journée entièrement dédiée au coaching des candidats."
Pourquoi avoir lancé une telle initiative?

"La situation sur le marché de l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap est assez paradoxale: c'est l'histoire d'une rencontre qui ne se fait pas, alors qu'il y a un besoin commun… Les entreprises ont ainsi beaucoup de mal à recruter et à attirer et, de l'autre côté, les travailleurs en situation de handicap éprouvent beaucoup de mal à contacter les recruteurs. Ainsi, Handi2day n'est pas du tout considéré comme une action de communication, mais comme une véritable opération de recrutement. D'autant qu'à son issue, plusieurs centaines de candidats trouvent un emploi!"
Pour les personnes en situation de handicap souhaitant participer au salon Handi2day, la démarche est simple: il suffit de se rendre sur le site handi2day.fr et d'y déposer son curriculum vitae. Il est ensuite possible de passer des entretiens avec les entreprises lors de la journée "Portes ouvertes", le 22 octobre, ou obtenir un ou plusieurs rendez-vous téléphoniques en postulant aux offres d'emploi proposées par les différentes entreprises participantes. A noter que celles-ci s'engagent à rappeler 100% des personnes ayant fait acte de candidature.
GREP HR ιστοσελίδα Σχέσεων Σχολεία-Business Julien Πομπήιος, Η Grep. Η 4η έκδοση του Handi2Day εκτείνεται από 22 έως 26 Οκτώβριος, 2012. Η έκθεση παρουσιάζει τον εαυτό της ως το μόνο μέρος σε απευθείας σύνδεση στρατολόγηση και κινητά αφιερωμένη στα άτομα με ειδικές ανάγκες. Συνέντευξη Tcherno Balde Job2day ηγέτης, συν-διοργανωτής της εκδήλωσης αυτής με την Handicap.fr ιστοσελίδα.
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L'enseignement supérieur dans l'état de l'École 2012

La dépense d'éducation pour l'enseignement supérieur
Pour l’enseignement supérieur, la collectivité nationale a dépensé 28,0 milliards d’euros en 2011. Cette dépense a été multipliée par 2,61 depuis 1980 (en prix constants). En 2011, la dépense moyenne par étudiant s’élève à 11 630 euros, soit 41,8% de plus qu’en 1980 (en euros constants). La dépense d'éducation pour l'enseignement supérieur.
La collectivité nationale a consacré, en 2011, 28,0 milliards d’euros à l’enseignement supérieur. Depuis 1980, cette dépense a connu une forte croissance (+3,1% en moyenne par an).
Son poids dans la dépense intérieure d’éducation est passé de 14,6% en 1980 à 20,4% en 2011. L’accélération de cette progression, sensible de 2006 à 2010, tient à un effort budgétaire accru, mais aussi, en début de période, à la prise en compte d’un périmètre élargi à toutes les activités de recherche en université, à une revalorisation des cotisations sociales imputées et enfin, à la réévaluation du coût des formations sanitaires et sociales relevant maintenant de la compétence des régions. En 2011, cette croissance marque le pas et n est plus que de 0,7% (en prix constants) par rapport à 2010. Sur l’ensemble de la période, la DIE au profit du supérieur a été multipliée par 2,61 mais, face à un quasi-doublement des effectifs, la dépense moyenne par étudiant n’a augmenté que de 41,8% (compte tenu des ruptures de sériesen 1999 et en 2006),atteignant 11 630 euros en 2011. Dans le même temps, la dépense moyenne par élève du second degré augmentait de 65,1%. Au cours de la période récente, la dépense moyenne augmente d’abord de 11%, en euros constants, entre 2006 et 2009, puis se replie légèrement entre 2009 et 2011 (-0,8% en euros constants), en raison d’un moindre effort budgétaire conjugué à une croissance des effectifs.
Les comparaisons internationales (qui reposent sur des données nationales pas toujours homogènes) montrent que la dépense annuelle moyenne par étudiant en France est, en 2009, un peu supérieure à celle de la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE (14640 équivalents-dollars contre 13 730). Le coût moyen d’un étudiant estimé par l’OCDE de manière cumulée, sur l’ensemble de la durée de ses études supérieures, place la France près de la moyenne (mais des pays comme les États-Unis ne participent pas à cet indicateur). Les coûts moyens par étudiant sont très différents selonlesfilièresdeformation. Ilsvarient, en 2011, de 10 770 euros par an pour un étudiant d’université à 13740 pour un étudiant de STS et 15080 pour un élève de CPGE. Néanmoins, au cours des annéesrécentes,ladépenseparétudiantenuniversité a tendance à se rapprocher de celle des STS et des CPGE. Les coûts par étudiant en IUT (ainsi que d’autres instituts rattachés) ne sont plus quantifiables depuis la mise en application de la Lolf, en raison de la globalisation des crédits des universités. Le coût théorique d’une scolarité de 18 ans, menant sans redoublement à une licence, est évalué à 146750 euros en 2011, quand une scolarité en 17 ans menant à un BTS reviendrait à la collectivité à 141940 euros.
La part de l’État est prépondérante dans le financement de la DIE pour le supérieur (70,7%), loin devant celles des collectivités territoriales (10,6%) et des ménages (8,4%). Certaines aides directes ou indirectes financées par l’État, et qui bénéficient aux étudiants ou à leur famille, n’apparaissent pas dans la DIE pour l’éducation supérieure: elles sont d’ordre fiscal (majoration du quotient familial) ou non directement liées au statut étudiant (allocation logement à caractère social). Leur prise en compte (hors versements des régimes sociaux) porterait en 2011 la dépense par étudiant de 11 630 euros à 12 960 euros.
La dépense d’éducation pour l’enseignement supérieur comprend l’ensemble des dépenses pour les établissements publics et privés de la France métropolitaine et des Dom pour l’enseignement et les activités liées oeuvres universitaires, administration, fournitures, bibliothèques universitaires, rémunération des personnels d’éducation en formation, etc.
Elle ne comprend pas les activités de formation continue ni, jusqu’en 2006, le fonctionnement et l’investissement de la recherche des universités (mais elle retenait par contre l’ensemble des salaires des enseignants-chercheurs).
À partir de 2006, et en raison de la nouvelle présentation des lois de finances dans le cadre de la Lolf, on retient l’ensemble des coûts de la recherche en université (personnel, fonctionnement et investissement).
Pour les comparaisons internationales, sont également comptabilisées les dépenses de R&D relatives à certains organismes (ex: CNRS). Les montants des dépenses de la dernière année sont des montants provisoires. L’indicateur international est présenté en équivalents-dollars convertis en utilisant les parités de pouvoir d’achat qui sont des taux de conversion monétaire permettant d’exprimer dans une unité commune les pouvoirs d’achat des différentes monnaies. Source: MEN-MESR-DEPP. Pour les comparaisons internationales: OCDE. Télécharger le document La dépense d'éducation pour l'enseignement supérieur.
Education expenditure for higher education
For higher education, the nation has spent 28.0 billion euros in 2011.
This expenditure was multiplied by 2.61 since 1980 (at constant prices). In 2011, the average expenditure per student amounts to 11,630 euros, 41.8% more than in 1980 (in constant euros). Education spending for higher education.
National community has devoted in 2011 to 28.0 billion euros higher education.
Since 1980, this expenditure has experienced strong growth (3.1% per year). His weight in expenditure on education rose from 14.6% in 1980 to 20.4% in 2011. More...

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