September 2018 Research, Science and Knowledge

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EU Copyright Reform: European Parliament vote is a missed opportunity to bolster R&I

Source:, 13 September

Eua regrets the missed opportunity to introduce a stronger TDM exception for research, innovation and education purposes in the art. 3 of the Directive on copyright, and other amendments that would have propelled knowledge creation, cutting-edge teaching, and competitiveness across Europe.

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What’s the point of scholarly academies?

By David Matthews

Source: Times Higher Education, 15 September

After Antonio Loprieno, President of Allea (All European Academies), universities are today stuck by the ranking competition and the need for money. The problem with research wouldn’t lie in funding, but in its incentive and promotion mechanisms.

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Regulation of academics “has undermined public trust”

By David Matthews

Source: Times Higher Education, 9 June

After All European Academies the growth of a managerial culture of research, its accountability and regulation based on a system of metrics, as well its dependence on politics have shrunk the autonomy and the authority of science in the public opinion.

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European science funders ban grantees from publishing in paywalled journals

By Martin Enserink

Source: Science, 4 September

11 European national funding agencies have announced that by 2020 the outcomes of research they fund will no longer be allowed to come out on pay-walled journals, making pressure on individual researchers and the research publishing system for the transition toward Open Access.

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No easy way to clarify higher education quality

By Ellen Hazelkorn, Hamish Coates and Alexander Mc Cormick

Source: University World News

The globalization and democratization of tertiary education have produced the issue of a standard assessment of teaching and research quality. Decades of discussion haven’t found a general method, which would fit the interests not only academic but also commercial and governmental that are part of the game.

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World Class How to build a 21st-Century school system

By Andreas Schleicher


In the digital era, the demand for knowledge and skills is rising, with the demand for strong values, empathy, and citizenship. The success of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) has shown that the educational challenges can’t be solved longer by any country on its own.

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Open Access by 2020: EUA supports Plan S for an open scholarly system


Eua welcomes Plan S, the initiative which promotes the Open Science practice on which should be based publicly-funded research assessment, career assessment and the recruitment of researchers, building a more open and competitive research system.

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Richard Arum: don’t blame me for the rise of “edusceptics”

By Jack Grove

Source: Times Higher Education, 10 September


A controversial study of undergraduate learning written by a professor links the decline in independent study hours in America’s youth with the decline of democracy. Trashing the commonplace that higher education is always worthwhile, Academically adrift sparks a debate on how learning outcomes might be measured.

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THE developing ranking based on Sustainable Developments Goals

By Ellie Bothwell

Source: Times Higher Education, 6 September

A new global university ranking which will be launched in April 2019 will include metrics inspired initially by 11 SDGs and based on data that will be collected starting from this autumn by universities and Elsevier.

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Too much academic research is being published

By Philip G. Altbach & Hans de Wit

Source: University World News

The explosion of scientific publications has strangled the peer review system, shifting the research evaluation from universities to journals, to the benefit of predatory publishers. Reducing the number of publications would strengthen the peer review and promote other aspects of academic service like teaching.

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Sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness


Eua calls national governments for assigning major weight to investments in research, wishing for the possibility of combining both European and national funding schemes, given the limited coverage of costs born by the institutions that access to the European projects.

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Towards a global hub of collaborative research

By Thomas Ekman Jørgensen

Source: University World News, 13 August

The legal basis allowing countries that aren’t European neighbors to access to Horizon Europe can be given by association agreements, open to the global participation under the condition to meet a set of political and economic criteria, and with the result to create a global hub of research exchanges and training.

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Higher education and the “new model of learning”

By Amar Toor

Source:, 8 August

Higher education is today the start of a training that never ends, and we don’t know where. The function of a bachelor’s degree is to give the fundaments of a given discipline, together with the agility to move across different sectors and towards new landscapes of knowledge.

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The publication game leads to trivial pursuits

By Adam Graycar

Source: Times Higher Education, 23 August

The pressure to publish only in top-ranked journals from the beginning of an academic training closes the academy in a system not necessarily meritocratic, where the sophistication of the analysis matters more than the content, taking off vital lymph to the cultural production and exchange.

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Radical open access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions

By Holly Else

Source: Nature, 4 September

11 research funders, spearheaded by Robert –Jan Smits the EC’s delegate for open access have launched a plan to make the papers they fund free to read, download and reuse immediately on publication, boycotting influential titles and making a significant step away from the hybrid model of publishing.

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