The LSU Top 5 #4
This is the fourth of our weekly Top 5 links to the most interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.
Is George Mason learning from RMIT? The university (a publicly-funded institution based in Fairfax, Virginia) pulled out from investing in the UAE and has committed to setting up in Songdo, South Korea. Tuition starts at $20,000 USD with offerings in two discipline areas and more set to come.
Publishers of academic journals enjoy health profit margins, as much as 53% in some cases. This article looks closely at one publisher with a net operating profit margin of 27% and how it could benefit even more from the movement towards public funding for open-access journals in the UK.
Harvard University recently told faculty members to make their research freely available and to consider resigning from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.
One for those who like riding waves. Not the ones that break on you and drive your head straight into the sand, but rather ones of the Asian variety like the Korean Wave and all other things cultural. This article outlines a vision for an Asian Century Institute in Australia which calls for more of a focus on cross-cultural philosophy and an expansion of the notion of what it means to be Asian, and less on the stockpiling of bombs and dollars.
Jobs schmobs! Who needs ’em?! Be careful uttering this little nasty around campus or you might just get that old school clip around the ears headmasters dished out in the ‘olden days’. This article yells from the rooftops that the relationship between universities and jobs is more of a side-effect than a primary goal and that universities equip us with much more important skills like the ones we use to choose a life partner. This one is big on LIFE and ‘disses’ JOBS as an offensive four letter slur. Warning – don’t read this one out aloud.
This is a little opinion piece from The Hindu in India that echoes the sentiment of the above article, but in a more roundabout kind of way providing, among other things, a comparison of how we humans differ from other beasts out there, particularly in the way we socialise. Hmm…anyway, what’s this got to do with education? Well, it tells us that education is all about social transformation and that harder questions need to be asked of India’s education system as to whether it’s empowering people socially in a rapidly developing region of our world.