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Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]

March 28, 2017 - 1:59 pm
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Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

(24 March 2017) New research highlights the growing importance of higher education staff being capable of delivering technology-enhanced learning experience for students. A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc in the UK, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is […]

March 26, 2017 - 5:01 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2017

The number of Indian and Malaysian universities in the new rankings has more than doubled The biggest gainer in terms of number of universities is Japan at  69.  Almost 50% of Japanese universities are in the bottom third with less than 20% in the top 100.   In 2009, 33 Japanese universities were in the top […]

March 20, 2017 - 9:22 am
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Statement by INASP on the importance of research and evidence

(7 March 2017) INASP is increasingly concerned by the growing opposition to the role of scientific research and evidence voiced in global politics in recent months. With a vision of research and knowledge at the heart of development, INASP is committed to supporting the production of high-quality research and the appropriate use of evidence in […]

March 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
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China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attends the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities

(3 March 2017) On 26 February, China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attended the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities Co., Ltd.  Liu Huiping, chairman of the Association, addressed a speech on behalf of the Association. Zhang Zhiqing, executive deputy chairman of the Association and […]

March 5, 2017 - 1:25 pm
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IFLA’s How to Spot Fake News poster, in many languages

(1 March 2017) The poster that the International Federation Of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) produced on, How to spot fake news (shown here) is available in many languages, including Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. In each case there is a jpg and a pdf, and IFLA are happy for people to […]

March 2, 2017 - 3:31 pm
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Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information and The Scientist, has passed away at age 91.

(27 February 2017) Eugene Garfield, who launched the field of citation analysis, died yesterday (February 26) in Pennsylvania. He was 91. Garfield founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1955. In addition to the ISI’s Science Citation Index, a system used to chart connections between pieces of scientific literature that later became accessible electronically […]

March 2, 2017 - 9:25 am
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Thai student scholarships awarded by Hong Kong

(20 February 2017) The Hong Kong Scholarship for “Belt & Road” Students (Thailand) will launch in the 2017-18 academic year to entice outstanding students to pursue undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. Secretary for Education Eddie Ng announced the scheme after meeting Thai Minister of Education Teerakiat Jareonsettasin in Bangkok today. Mr Ng said the scheme’s […]

February 21, 2017 - 3:18 pm
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Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

(12 February 2017) The Guardian reports that antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse. The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: […]

February 17, 2017 - 3:49 pm
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Classic library in Shanghai restored to its former glory

(4 February 2017) Restoration of the former Shanghai Library in Yangpu District has been completed. Officials said yesterday that expansion work would continue to realize the original vision of its architect Dong Dayou (1899-1973). The exterior of the 80-year-old library on Heishan Road was damaged by decades of weathering and has now been cleaned and […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:54 pm
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EU to let citizens take their digital services across borders

(8 February 2017, Brussels) Negotiations between the EU institutions conclude with agreement that enables consumers to keep access to online content services from home when they travel in the EU. Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:49 pm
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The Year of the Rooster, from a Thai perspective

(27 January 2017) According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the Year of the Rooster (or chicken) begins on the 28th January 2017. It falls on the day of the new moon halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  A variety of calendrical systems has traditionally been used in Thailand, one of them being […]

January 27, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 23: Are Global Higher Education Rankings Flawed or Misunderstood? A Personal Critique

By Ruth A. Pagell* (25 January 2017) Webometrics’ Ranking Web of Universities includes over 26,000 institutions with over 3,200 in the United States alone. How likely is it for new universities, universities in developing countries or your alma mater to reach the top 1,000 let alone the elite top 200?  Ruth’s Rankings have focused on […]

January 26, 2017 - 4:33 pm
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Gadget-hungry Asia tops global e-waste generation

(19 January 2017, Manila)  Rising incomes and high demand for electric and electronic equipment (EEE) in East and South-East Asian countries have resulted in e-waste generation increasing by two thirds during 2010—2015, says a new study published by the United Nations University (UNU). The average increase in e-waste across 12 countries analysed — Cambodia, China, […]

January 21, 2017 - 5:59 pm
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New teaching approach brings more students into Stanford’s archives

(6 January 2017) Stanford faculty and librarians are working together to modify the curriculum of large undergraduate courses to bring more students to the special collections and archives of the libraries on campus. A new partnership between Stanford faculty and librarians is giving more undergraduate students hands-on opportunities to work with historical documents and artifacts […]

January 15, 2017 - 4:24 pm
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