Lettre ouverte au Recteur de l’UCL

Suite à la tournure prise par la campagne de presse organisée par les autorités de l’UCL à l’encontre de l’avant-projet de décret du Ministre Jean-Claude Marcourt « définissant le paysage de l’Enseignement Supérieur et l’organisation académique des études », les recteurs de l’Université de Liège, de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, de l’Université de Mons, de l’Université de Namur et de l’Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles ont tenu à faire part à leur collègue, le recteur de l’Université catholique de Louvain, via une Lettre ouverte commune, de leur profonde indignation, à la fois quant au fond mais surtout quant aux procédés utilisés par l’UCL, qui s’apparentent à une campagne de pure désinformation.

Lettre ouverte :

Growing Latin American Science

How can a country rapidly improve its capacity in Science, Technology, and Innovation? Invest in people, as Latin America is doing. For Brazil, supporting this effort through international exchange and increased mobility over the past year will substantially enlarge the nation’s corpus of highly qualified scientists and technologists. Argentina has increased its number of doctoral […]

Open access: why academic publishers still add value

(…) The ill-conceived notion frequently advanced by commercial publishing’s detractors is that all we do is polish a manuscript, put it online and then sit back and wait for the next sucker to submit an article. This is highly misleading and inaccurate. So what are the roles and costs that justify the fees we charge? […]

Visualizing the uneven geographies of knowledge production and circulation


Pearson Blue Skies

Un think tank (de plus …) sur l’éducation supérieure. Nombreux documents PDF disponibles

Home university rankings are a response to international isolation

Ukrainian universities do not take part in global rankings. The reason is quite simple – the paradoxical structure of universities, implemented by the Soviet government in the early 1920s, still holds sway: academic research takes place outside universities. (…) The Ministry of Science and Education considers university researchers’ publications in peer-review journals as an example […]

How publishers feather their nests on open access to public money

How have we reached a situation in which university libraries up and down the country are cancelling journal subscriptions? Clearly it has to do with the rapidly rising price of academic journals, but why do academic publishers feel the need to charge such exorbitant prices for the results of research that was publicly funded in […]

Measured Innovations in Peer Review

(…) Drawing from both the traditional peer review and open-access models, PeerJ and Rubriq are looking to use the architecture of the Web to build community-oriented platforms that are accessible and empowering, yet stable and habitable — walled gardens, but with windows that open from the outside (…)

Authentic assessment: what does it mean for students, staff and sector?

Assessment is a perennial issue for higher education institutions and one the sector is working hard to address (…) Recent years have seen debate forming around ‘authentic assessment’ in schools and universities, broadly defined as assessment practice that relates to what students experience in the real world. Given the current employability agenda, it’s no wonder […]

Women as academic authors (1665-2010)