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Turnitin wins 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Award

(23 May 2017) Turnitin is proud to announce that both Turnitin Feedback Studio and Turnitin Revision Assistant were recognized with The ComputeED Gazette’s 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Awards! The BESSIE Awards highlight programs that serve as tools for educators and/or parents that meaningfully promote educational excellence. Publishers nominate these programs, which are then evaluated […]

May 24, 2017 - 7:42 pm
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Facing impostor syndrome head-on

(23 May 2017) Impostor syndrome is the term used to describe feeling like an impostor or ‘fraud’, that you don’t deserve your status, and that your successes are simply down to chance. It’s normally attributed to highly qualified individuals (like researchers), so it may come as no surprise that the topic is becoming increasingly discussed […]

May 23, 2017 - 3:38 pm
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Campaign to support Natalya Sharina: FAIR joins with CILIP and Amnesty International

(5 May 2017, Canberra) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) have joined the call and are asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow. ALIA and FAIR are in […]

May 6, 2017 - 2:52 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 26: March Madness –The rankings of U.S universities and their sports

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 April 2017) Who won the March Madness (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship) in 2017?  Duke, Princeton, Bucknell or University of North Carolina? Who won the 2017 Women’s Basketball Championship? Stanford or University of South Carolina? Who is number one in U.S. universities based on student-focused metrics?  Stanford or Princeton? Sports fans […]

April 29, 2017 - 2:49 pm
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Malaysia cuts education budget, while Indonesia and Philippines increase

(26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur) An international expert in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia says Malaysia shouldn’t be cutting down on the budget for education, especially since neighbouring countries are pumping more resources into education. Speaking to FMT, Prof Patrick Ziegenhain, a visiting professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Asia-Europe Institute, noted that Indonesia and Philippines […]

April 27, 2017 - 2:57 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 25: THE Young University Rankings 2017 – Generational rankings and tips for success

By Ruth A. Pagell* Four of THE’s top five “Young” universities are from East Asia. Australia leads the region with 23 universities. UK leads the world with 27 THE released its 2017 Young University rankings during the first week of April. This recalibration of existing data is interesting because of additional articles including rankings by […]

April 15, 2017 - 2:18 pm
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73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data

A new report published today by Elsevier and CWTS provides a benchmark overview of data sharing perceptions and practices among researchers (5 April 2017, Amsterdam/Leiden) Combining results from bibliometric analyses, a global sample of researcher opinions and case-study interviews, a new report  reveals that although the benefits of open research data are well known, in practice, […]

April 9, 2017 - 3:10 pm
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Citations are more than merely assigning credit – their inclusion (or not) conditions how colleagues regard and evaluate your work

(6 April 2017) The significance of citations goes far beyond energising and rewarding academic competition. Patrick Dunleavy in the LSE Impact Blog outlines why citations are so important; from setting up a specialist discourse in an economical and highly-focused manner, guiding readers seeking to follow your extended chain of reasoning, right through to showing you […]

April 8, 2017 - 8:50 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education Japan: New ranking – Same universities at the top

(4 April 2017) Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success.  This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings. Data for the rankings come from a variety of sources. These include Elsevier, Benesse Corporation, Nikkei Human Resources, the Japanese government and the Times Higher […]

April 4, 2017 - 12:27 pm
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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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