• Studiengebühren: Jede Mark zählte.

    S'il y avait eu des frais d'inscription en Allemagne à son époque, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, le ministre allemand des Affaires Etrangères, Vice-Chancelier et tête de liste du parti social-démocrate pour les prochaines législatives, n'aurait jamais pu faire d'études. Dans un article publié par Die Zeit, il s'en souvient et réclame l'abolition des frais d'inscription en Allemagne.

    Jede Mark zählte.
    par F.-W. Steinmeier
    Die Zeit, 23. 07. 2009.

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  • Borrowing to get academic degrees looks to have been a risky investment for a generation of students mired in debt and facing a jobs shortage.

    Where I grew up, it's in bad taste to talk about your personal finances. But with the financial woes of governments, companies, and ordinary people making headlines just about everywhere you look these days, it's about time we had an honest discussion about the great big money mess of 2009.

    So let's talk about student debt.

    For me, it was necessary to go into debt to get an education. In my undergraduate years, I tried to accrue as little debt as possible. I worked two jobs while maintaining a full course load at University of Wisconsin-Madison. But when I was accepted to New York University to study business journalism last fall, I faced a real hurdle. How was I going to pay for it? I had no parental support and I was going into a professional degree program, for which there is little funding available from the university or other sources. With numerous hands eager for a slice of the financial aid pie, chances are slim that you'll get a piece.

    A couple of months before I moved East, I examined my finances. I had two options: first, not to go to grad school; and second, to fund most of my education with student loans. NYU ain't cheap. My tuition runs upwards of $15,000 per semester.

    Pour lire la suite: http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/jul2009/pi20090717_168118.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5

  • Education spending will be cut next year for the first time in more than two decades, according to Treasury figures.

    Despite Gordon Brown pledging to safeguard spending on schools and universities, government documents show that the total education budget will fall by £100 million after the next election. The disclosure is in statistics that detail the true scale of the Government’s budget reductions for the first time.

    Published without fanfare on the Treasury’s website , they show that, throughout government, spending will be cut next year, in real terms, by 0.7 per cent, or almost £3 billion.

    The Home Office, the Department of Transport and the Ministry of Justice are among 14 of the 23 departments that will see their budgets fall. The deepest cuts will be made to Lord Mandelson’s Business Department (24.6 per cent) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (22 per cent), according to the documents.

    However, it is the drop in education spending that will prove most controversial.

    According to the figures, which are adjusted for inflation, total education spending will fall from £85.1 billion in 2009-10 to £85 billion in 2010-11.

    Pour lire la suite: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5889812/Education-spending-to-be-cut-by-100m-despite-Gordon-Browns-pledge.html

  • Decade-long drive to improve educational standards has helped some but the poorest are still left behind.

    Exam results have risen, the number of failing schools has fallen and classrooms are better staffed than they have ever been. A decade-long drive to improve educational standards has lifted the education system, but left children in the poorest areas and schools behind, creating a starker educational gap that means social mobility is at a standstill.

    The solutions offered by Alan Milburn's report, to apply free-market principles by replacing low performing schools with academies, giving parents vouchers to buy their way into better performing schools and the idea of paying schools according to exam results, are deeply controversial.

    Vouchers and payment by results are being keenly pursued by Conservative policy-makers, but are rejected by the government.

    Teachers warn they are contradictory: vouchers might reward schools to accept pupils from poorer backgrounds, but payment by results would be a disincentive. The system would sink struggling schools, which for some would be the desirable result.

    Other recommendations are already under way. The Charity Commission is implementing laws to force private schools to open up their facilities and rising numbers of state schools are setting up cadet forces.

    Pour lire la suite: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jul/21/alan-milburn-report-education-gap

  • El subsecretario de Educación Superior, Rodolfo Tuirán Gutiérrez, afirmó que cuatro de cada 10 estudiantes viven en condiciones de pobreza, y como resultado de esta situación el funcionario presentó la Convocatoria para la Movilidad Estudiantil del ECEST, un programa que consiste en la asignación de becas con montos de mil 500 a cinco mil pesos mensuales por alumno.

    La convocatoria para la inscripción en este programa gubernamental está abierta del 20 de julio al 11 de septiembre del 2009.

    En la presentación de las Primeras Acciones del Espacio Común de la Educación Superior Tecnológica- ECEST, Tuirán Gutiérrez anunció que contempla tres proyectos, que el objetivo de dicha convocatoria es beneficiar a los estudiantes de los institutos tecnológicos federales, las universidades politécnicas y las universidades tecnológicas.

    Pour lire la suite: http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=446759

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