12 Desember 2011

Online University Opens in West Bank

An American online university started by an Israeli entrepreneur has opened an operations centre in the West Bank, writes DD Guttenplan for The New York Times. Shai Reshef, the founder of University of the People, a non-profit institution that offers free online education to students in more than 120 countries, said his agreement with ASAL Technologies, a Palestinian software and information technology services company based in Ramallah, was just the first stage of a plan to move the university's entire back office to the West Bank.
University of the People uses specially adapted open course materials to offer courses in business administration and computer science. "Those are the skills most likely to help our students find jobs," said Reshef, an entrepreneur who started and sold two for-profit education companies before putting $3 million of his own money into his new venture.
Based on a peer-to-peer learning model in which students teach one another, the university has also recruited volunteer mentors from Brigham Young, Columbia, Harvard, Insead, New York University and Yale. Tuition is free.
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Source: University World News, Issue No: 0201, 11 December 2011

Islamic States: Central Asia University Links to Grow

A representative body of the ministers of higher education and research from Islamic countries agreed, during a meeting held in the last week of November in Azerbaijan, to expand higher education cooperation with Central Asian countries.
The decision took inspiration from an earlier high-level meeting of foreign ministers of Islamic nations, held in Kazakhstan on 29 June this year, which adopted an 'Action Plan for Cooperation with Central Asia'.
The plan aims to increase coordination between the countries of Central Asia and other member nations of the Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in higher education, research, health and economy.
To kick-start greater cooperation, the OIC's Pakistan-based science committee, COMSTECH, signed a memorandum of understanding with Baku State University of Azerbaijan. The memorandum was signed on 24 November during a ceremony held at the university's campus in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
"Within the framework of this memorandum of understanding, we shall facilitate exchange of postgraduate students and university researchers, assist in university teacher qualification improvement, and start joint projects besides organising joint conferences on current issues and trends in university-level research," Atta-ur-Rahman, the former chief of Pakistan's Higher Education Commission and current head of COMSTECH, told University World News.
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Source: University World News, Issue No: 0201, 11 December 2011

05 Desember 2011

Lecturers "Reluctant to Seek Higher Education"

Most Indonesian university lecturers are reluctant to pursue higher education, from either domestic or foreign universities, in order to broaden their knowledge and horizons, said an official.
“We are offered so many scholarship programs by local and foreign universities, but only a few of our lecturers have taken these great opportunities,” Dewa Ngurah Suparta, professor of agriculture at the University of Udayana in Denpasar, said on Tuesday.
Suparta is secretary of the joint program between the National Education Ministry’s Director General for Higher Learning Institutions and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
The JSPS has offered 10 scholarships at several top-notch universities in Japan as well as financial support for research projects in science and humanities.
“There are many more foreign institutions which have opened doors for Indonesian lecturers to upgrade their educations,” added Suparta.
He encouraged lecturers from universities across Indonesia, especially those located outside Java and Bali, to apply for the scholarships.
Since 2008, the Indonesian government has provided 1,000 scholarships for local lecturers to continue their graduate and post-graduate studies in local and foreign universities.
“The government has allocated Rp 3 trillion [US$330 million] for scholarships, but only 300 lecturers, mostly from big universities, have taken the opportunity,” he added.
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Indonesia: New Audit for State Universities

In an attempt to evaluate their effectiveness, Indonesia's education and culture ministry will implement an audit of programmes at state universities next year. Deputy Education Minister Musliar Kasim told The Jakarta Post recently that the audit would determine whether programmes at state universities were really needed and efficiently implemented.
"We will start to implement the audit in March next year, as soon as we have prepared the human resources," he said. Musliar said that the programmes audit was suggested by Vice-President Boediono as he had received various complaints from people about increasingly expensive tuition fees at universities.
Previously, the vice-president had said the government would audit educational institutions to lower the education budget. He added that the government would be able to provide more scholarships by implementing such an audit.
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Source: University World News, Issue No: 0200, 04 December 2011

20 September 2011

Materi Kuliah Statistika Nonparametrik (Fakultas Peternakan UNPAD)

Materi kuliah Statistika Nonparametrik di Fakultas Peternakan Uninersitas Padjadjaran mencakup: konsep dan prosedur perhitungan dasar statistika, prinsip dan prosedur uji hipotesis statistik, uji statistik nonparametrik untuk kasus sampel tunggal, kasus dua sampel, dan kasus k sampel, model pengukuran korelasi dan uji signifikansinya, serta aplikasi uji statistik nonparametrik untuk penelitian sosial ekonomi peternakan.
Setelah menyelesaikan perkuliahan Statistika Nonparametrik, mahasiswa akan dapat memilih uji statistik nonparametrik yang tepat untuk penelitian Sosial Ekonomi Peternakan.
Bahan ajar untuk keperluan perkuliahan, dapat di download di website:
1. Fakultas Peternakan Unpad (http://peternakan.unpad.ac.id)
Bahan Ajar Statistika Nonparametrik
2. Universitas Padjadjaran (http://pustaka.unpad.ac.id)
Bahan Ajar Statistika Nonparametrik

07 Juli 2011

Professors: Cash Cows or Intellectual Leaders?

There are lots of books and articles about university leadership and management. But the role of 'full' or 'chair' professors rarely, if ever, gets a mention. This seems a curious omission. The reason for it is that universities have gradually converted the role of professors into narrowly defined knowledge entrepreneurs. My own research shows that professors often feel excluded or marginalised within their own institutions as a result. Why has this happened?
There was a time when a 'full' or 'chair' professor would be an all-rounder. They would teach, conduct research and probably also be the head of department. This latter role was essential in the days before the rise of managerialism, when university senates were still powerful. Professors were influential members of such bodies as of right. Without a professor as head an academic department would be effectively unrepresented.
But the expansion of higher education has withered the power of senates and the relative influence of professors. Academic self-governance is in retreat and professors are increasingly seen as cosmopolitans rather than organisational 'locals'.
As higher education has globalised and massified, the role of professors has unbundled. The 'research' professor has replaced the all-rounder as the default model.
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Source: University World News, Issue No: 0178, 03 July 2011

Academic Freedom Reports Worldwide

An Iranian student activist and prisoner of conscience remains in solitary confinement after 37 days in prison with interrogation completed. Charges against a Colombian academic arrested two yeas ago, accused of links with left-wing guerrillas, have been dropped, and he has been released. A student pilot in Iran has been jailed for a year over Facebook activities, including interviews with international media and publicising political activity. A constitutional law scholar in China has gone missing, believed detained in relation to high numbers of independent candidates running in local elections.
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Source: University World News, Issue No: 0177, 26 June 2011