Tagged: university

Its great to be Number 1, but… - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater May 02, 2013

I’d reply, ‘Awesome!’, ‘Wonderful’, ‘Pretty damn good’, ‘Deserved’, but no one has asked. I understand why no one asks. Gloating is seldom encouraged. But that is how it feels to be Director of New Zealand’s highest ranked university centre for applied ecology … … in the leading Ecology, Behaviour & Evolution research group… … at the … Read More

Problemsourcing initiative gets the academic once-over - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 24, 2013

Open innovation and crowdsourcing are two relatively recent ways of finding solutions to (often) technical challenges experienced by companies. There’s particular issues which need resolving when using the power of the crowd; along with the hope that someone has a … Continue reading → … Read More

What’s the point of academic research? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Apr 19, 2013

I’m still thinking about MOOCs. A university is supposed to be involved in research and teaching, and MOOCs potentially cut into the teaching side of the business. Even if they aren’t as good, they may still take a big chunk of market share. One can buy hand-sewn shirts, but mass-produced shirts are much more common. […] … Read More

Spin Doctors go to work on PBRF - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 12, 2013

University of Taihape:  Doctor Doctor I’ve got a 1.7 on my PBRF Doctor Spin: Never mind son, your Gumbootlogy results make you the healthiest tertiary education provider in the country.  Let’s talk about that, shall we? Scoop.co.nz has all the spin from the universities and polytechnics this morning as they try and give the impression … Continue reading » … Read More

Will students learn? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Jan 24, 2013

A couple of days ago, the Government launched a new website that allows students to compare potential earnings from different university degrees. The Government said it would be a great source of information for students. Student representatives replied that it didn’t tell them anything new. A word about methodology — this data was made possible [...] … Read More

Where's the Best Place for a University? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 12, 2013

A  debate over whether the University of Canterbury should move back into the Christchurch CBD seems to be starting again in the letters pages of the Christchurch Press. With large areas of empty land now appearing in the CBD after the demolition of many broken buildings some local residents see this as an opportunity to move the university back into … Read More

Some worrying disquiet around Callaghan Innovation - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 06, 2012

From what I gather, it is not only me who has a degree of disquiet about the lengthy and somewhat secretive gestation taking place around Callaghan Innovation (the new moniker for the Advanced Technology Institute). Because part of the unease … Continue reading → … Read More

Callaghan Innovation – time for a concrete and practical illustration of its intent - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 22, 2012

OK, now that we have the naming of the Advanced Technology Institute out of the way, and its genesis to Callaghan Innovation has been carried out, it’s time to move on from the warm fuzzies. The thinking behind the new … Continue reading → … Read More