On April 22nd, on the eve of the first round of the French presidential elections, an event brought together more than one million citizens worldwide. In France, it was supported by more than forty scholarly societies, including the Académie des Sciences, dozens of universities, major French research organisations, elite scientists, […]

Mr. Macron, do not sacrifice science and the transmission of ...

Astonishment is the only possible reaction at reading the latest call for funding of MIUR. Italian researchers based on Italian universities can apply for an individual fund of 3,000 euros in order to support their basic research activity.  The idea of supporting basic research activity by funding less than half […]

3,000 euros for basic research activity: the latest action of ...

Several initiatives on research, innovation and higher education have found their way into the next two years’ (2014-2016) workplan of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) – a regionally owned and led framework for the promotion of cooperation in South East Europe (SEE) and supporting European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The workplan’s […]

Regional Cooperation Council adopts ambitious research and higher education goals

The long-awaited reform of Croatia’s science and higher education policy suffered a sudden setback last week when the prime minister, Zoran Milanovic, backtracked on the left-wing government’s changes to the existing science laws, leading a key science ministry official to  offer his resignation. The law proposed a series of changes, including contract-based […]

Attempts to reform Croatian science stall

Two recent reports have shown that corruption remains a major problem in Balkan universities. A four-year study by the Belgrade Open School’s Center for Development of Education on corruption at Serbia’s biggest university, the University of Belgrade, found rampant corruption, non-compliance with regulations and a lack of ethical procedures. Examples include students paying […]

Murky dealings abound in Balkan academia

Over the past few months, the academic and scientific communities of Croatia have been voicing their displeasure with proposed revisions to the national legislation governing the country’s universities and its science and higher education organizations. Critics have argued, for example, that the changes would take away university autonomy and freedom […]

Croatian Science and University Legislation Ignites ‘Stormy’ Debate