The LSU Top 5 #16

This is the sixteenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Millions of Graduates Hold Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree, Report Says – The Chronicle

According to the report “Why Are Recent College Graduates Underemployed? University Enrollments and Labor Market Realities,” over half of 20 million graduates in 2010 in the US got a job that doesn’t match their degree and over a third of them even accepted non-degree related jobs. Authors of the report explained that is because the increase in the number of graduates surpassed that of the jobs that require advanced skills or degree qualifications. It is questioned whether the country has inefficiently invested in higher education which has output graduates that do not need a university degree to compete for their jobs.


University Rolls to Match DemandVietnam News

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Vietnam will this year change the required qualifications of personnel at faculties of universities, colleges and other tertiary-level training schools in line with National Decree 115. Twenty three new universities opened in Vietnam over the past year and several new disciplines will be encouraged and supported to grow while others will be brought more in line with inflation.

A concerted effort into reviewing and changing teaching methodologies at universities is underway as well:

‘One university in HCM City and another in Ha Noi will be chosen as the site of pilot projects that will focus on new training and teaching methodologies.’


Professor Marilyn Andrews, pro vice-chancellor of Keele University in the UK, argues that universities should be embedding co-curricular activities within their programmes in order to produce more well-rounded, skilled and confident graduates.


Why are We So Curious?The BBC

It turns out that we are more ‘child-like’ than other mammalian species and this has aided our ability to be curious and to learn. Tom Stafford explores briefly in this article how we became the ‘ultimate learning machines’ and how curiousity plays a role in supporting and driving our learning.

“Evolution made us the ultimate learning machines, and the ultimate learning machines need a healthy dash of curiosity to help us take full advantage of this learning capacity.”


Could the free university movement be the great new hope for education? – The Guardian

Responding to increasing demand from those who can’t afford costly education and the commodification of education and privatization of university, academics in many UK universities are starting new models of university education, offering free courses not necessarily online. Courses can take place at local libraries, community centres or cafes, teaching various topics ranging from script-writing to history and introductory philosophy. The idea of these alternative models is to make higher education more accessible, to share skills and knowledge and build stronger communities. As Tim Huzar, who has supported the establishment of Free University Brighton, said:

“It’s important to realise an alternative and demonstrate it …But it isn’t just a political act. It’s a real service. It gives people access to education and it makes them realise that learning is something they should expect lifelong – not just something you do if you can afford £9,000 when you’re 18.”


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