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The Post-2008 Crisis and the Crisis of Higher Education in Cyprus

The Post-2008 Crisis and the Crisis of Higher Education in Cyprus

Victor Roudometof, President of the University of Cyprus’ Faculty Labor Union Historically, Cyprus lacked its own public universities; the first ...

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Portuguese Science: Chronicle of Death Foretold

Portuguese Science: Chronicle of Death Foretold

Helena Carreiras, Senior researcher, Center for Research and Studies in Sociology, ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal The Portuguese government decided to overhaul ...

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The Crisis of Public Universities in Indonesia Today

The Crisis of Public Universities in Indonesia Today

Lucia Ratih Kusumadewi and Antonius Cahyadi, University of Indonesia The Indonesian Reforms of 1998 brought about massive social change. Ever ...

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Germans Boycott University Rankings

Germans Boycott University Rankings

Scientific Evaluation, Yes – CHE Ranking, No Methodological Problems and Political Implications of the CHE University Ranking German Sociological Association ...

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Neoliberalism and Higher Education: The Australian Case

Neoliberalism and Higher Education: The Australian Case

Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney [1] When neoliberal policies in Australia began to bite in the sphere of higher education, towards ...

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Carnage in Aleppo University in Syria

Carnage in Aleppo University in Syria

Eighty-seven people were killed and at least 150 injured in two explosions that struck Aleppo University in Northern Syria this ...

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Calls for Academic Freedom: Reflections on Palestine and Israel

Calls for Academic Freedom: Reflections on Palestine and Israel

Feras Hammami, KTH, Royal Institute of technology, Stockholm, Sweden “Israeli academic freedom is under severe attack”. This was written in a ...

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Report Finds Risky Money Managment by University of California

Report Finds Risky Money Managment by University of California

A report released last week by UC Berkeley students, reveal the staggering human costs of University of California’s interest rate ...

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Raquel Sosa Elízaga, UNAM, Mexico

English Version

La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México se ha convertido en la institución de educación superior más grande del país, y es probablemente una de las más grandes universidades del mundo. Con más de trescientos mil estudiantes, casi setenta mil profesores y trabajadores, y un presupuesto anual de más de veinte mil millones de pesos, constituye el mayor centro de producción y socialización del conocimiento en que pueda pensarse en el mundo contemporáneo.

Reconocida por su calidad de investigación, por el nivel de su producción editorial, por la calidad de sus actividades culturales y por su influencia en el mundo político mexicano y latinoamericano, la UNAM enfrenta grandes problemas, de cuya solución depende, indudablemente, su consolidación o crisis en el futuro próximo.

En primer lugar, por el hecho de que es el mayor centro visible de la incapacidad del sistema educativo de absorber a todos los estudiantes que están preparados para llegar a las universidades del país. Con sus poco más de treinta mil ingresos anuales, la UNAM está muy lejos de ser capaz de absorber a los casi doscientos mil estudiantes que año con año concluyen su bachillerato y aspiran a incorporarse a la formación profesional. Su inmensa infraestructura, sus tremendos recursos humanos y su experiencia pedagógica no son suficientes para enfrentar un problema educativo y social que tiende a convertirse en el más grave de nuestra sociedad actual: diez millones de jóvenes mayores de dieciocho años que no tienen acceso al estudio ni al trabajo. …READ MORE

By Aytül Kasapoğlu, Ankara University

The University of Ankara  was established in 1946 and comprises faculties of Law, Letters, Science, Medicine, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Divinity, Political Sciences, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Educational Sciences, Communication, Health Education and Engineering.

Located in the capital of Turkey, it is a comprehensive state university with 44,952   students (10,557 graduate students), and 3624 members of academic staff as of January 2010. It has 15 faculties,13 vocational schools, eight institutes, 30 libraries and full text access to 22,000 publications via e-journals.

Higher Education in Turkey comprises State universities (including Ankara University) and Foundation (private) Universities.  The Higher Education Council (YÖK) was established in 1981 as a central regulatory body responsible for the planning, coordination and supervision of Higher Education within the framework laid down in the Constitution and the Higher Education Law. The establishment of new Faculties, is subject to parliamentary control, on the recommendation of YÖK. Creating new, or closing and merging old, departments and programs requires YÖK permission. In addition, there are three other administrative bodies; the Inter-University Council (UAK), the Turkish University Rectors Committee (TURK) and the Higher Education Supervisory Board. These parastatal bodies combine with government ministries to infringe upon university autonomy. Following new regulations introduced by YÖK in 2005 for “Academic Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Higher Education Institutions” UAK appointed a Council (YÖDEK) which outlined the basic requirements for internal academic evaluation and self assessment which are intended to form the basis of a national accreditation system – a system which does not exist at the moment. …READ MORE