Research universities

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Top 100 most innovative universities in Europe 2018
The Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities identifies the higher education institutions that excel on doing the most to advance in science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. For the third year running, KU Leuven is the most innovative university in Europe.

Poll: Americans think research universities are the primary force of innovation
A recent study found that 71% of Americans believe that innovative leadership should start at research universities. However, universities need to explore more effective ways to help students and researchers bring their ideas to the labor market.

Using the Sense of Touch to Enhance Learning
Knowledge can be deeper and longer lasting when we use the different senses together with various parts of our body to interact with whatever we would like to learn. Haptic technology makes it possible to enrich a purely visual simulator displayed on a screen, adding the sense of touch to generate a new sensory experience with enormous educational potential.

10 free online courses to shape the future of the education
How to face the educational challenge imposed by this rapid technological evolution? Teachers need to adapt and prepare continuously to achieve the success of the new educational programs. For this reason, we share ten free courses to add skills and competencies to your professional career and begin to shape the future of education. 

Hola Code, a Mexican coding bootcamp for returning immigrants
In 2017 alone almost 167,000 immigrants were sent back to Mexico. Faced with the government's insufficient response to integrating them into the labor force, a Mexico City-based start-up found a small window of opportunity thanks to entrepreneurship and education.

What we are reading

  • Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
    "It is worrisome that they are eating the seed corn." Facebook is adding to pressure on universities which are already struggling to retain professors and other employees. (The New York Times)

  • At Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey MOOCs Help Anticipate the Future of Higher Ed
    What will university education be like ten to fifteen years from now? One Mexican university isn’t waiting to find out. (Class Central)

  • MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?
    Colleges and universities may fall subject to Europe’s strict privacy laws in a number of instances. (EdSurge)

  • How We Increased Teachers’ Data Use Without Data Overload
    Educators are getting an enormous amount of data meant to inform their instruction. But all of this information can be counterproductive if teachers don’t have an easy way to make sense of it. (Getting Smart)

  • How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age
    Extension schools were the original attempt by higher ed to offer a low-cost version for the non-elite. Hunt Lambert, dean of Harvard’s Extension School, explains where his school is headed. (EdSurge)

  • Robert E. Rubin: Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government
    The former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury ponders on the power of philosophy and critical thinking. (The New York Times)