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The Swiss Innovation Park is underway
Switzerland is building a National Innovation Park: the federal and cantonal governments will give the go-ahead for it this year. ETH Zurich is involved, both within the canton of Zurich and at national level.
More... [ETH News, 15.01.14]

Bayer establishes new Drug discovery research center in Beijing
Bayer HealthCare and Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China, have signed a comprehensive collaboration agreement on a three-year strategic partnership to promote translational research for drug discovery. Under this agreement, the two partners will establish a joint research center at Peking University under the name Bayer HealthCare/Peking University Center of Translational Research for Drug Discovery (BPC/TRDD).
More... [Peking University News, 13.01.14]

Oxford: Expanding training for future research leaders
Oxford University will be able to expand training for young scientists and engineers through several additional Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).
More... [University of Oxford News, 09.01.14]

UCB Chancellor Dirks opposes academic boycott of Israel
“A recent decision by the American Studies Association, ASA, to impose an academic boycott on Israel is a regrettable step that subverts academic freedom. Any limit on the open exchange of knowledge and ideas stands in direct opposition to the scholarly values and goals we uphold as an institution. UC Berkeley fully supports the position taken by the Association of American Universities, AAU, against this academic boycott.”
More... [UC Berkeley News Center, 27.12.13]

Research funds to help ANU tackle issues of global importance
Fifty million dollars has been awarded to two Australian National University (ANU) led Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence, as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) 2014 funding round.
More... [ANU News, 18.12.13]

NUS appoints Professor Shen Zuowei as new Dean of Science
Prof Shen, a Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor who currently heads the Department of Mathematics at NUS Faculty of Science, will take over from Professor Andrew Wee from 1 April 2014 as the 22nd Dean in the history of the Faculty of Science.
More... [NUS News Portal, 16.12.13]

Super-fast and super-green: Cambridge unveils pioneering high-performance computer
A super energy-efficient high-performance computer, with a performance equivalent to 4,000 desktop machines running at once, will enable researchers to handle the Big Data challenges of the future - not least the design of a system to support the world's largest telescope.
More... [Cambridge News, 13.12.13]

Food security and self-provision of major cities mapped in a new study by IARU
Wealthy capital cities vary greatly in their dependence on the global food market. For the first time, researchers have mapped the food systems of the capital cities; Canberra, Tokyo and Copenhagen. An essential insight for future food security if population growth, climate change and political instability will affect the open market.
More... [University of Copenhagen News, 12.12.13]
Oxford China Lecture: The global shift to urban living
Oxford staged its biggest annual public event in China with its inaugural Oxford China Lecture. Professor Steve Rayner spoke about 'The Future City' in the first of the international series.
More... [University of Oxford News, 12.12.13]
Yale's two Nobel laureates receive their prizes
James E. Rothman, the Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology, received his prize as co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, was honored as co-winner of the 2013 Prize for Economic Sciences.
More... [Yale News, 12.12.13]
Dirks on academics, athletics, "unconventional thinking"
In a video reflection on his first semester leading the campus — and on the spring semester ahead — Chancellor Nicholas Dirks discusses his ambitious agenda for UC Berkeley, and the “big ideas, constructive collaboration and unconventional thinking” it will take to achieve it. Berkeley, he says, will not only continue to offer “the best educational opportunities for all of our students,” but “ensure that our educational values permeate all that we do,” including Cal athletics.
More... [UC Berkeley News Center, 11.12.13]
Clare College and Santander renew Partnership
Clare College yesterday marked the renewal of a partnership with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, at a special ceremony held in the College hosted by the College’s Bursar, Mr Paul Warren.
More... [Cambridge News, 11.12.13]
HEFCE grant to create postgraduate scholarships at Oxford
The University of Oxford has won £3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to support progression to a wide range of Master's courses by UK and EU students.
More... [University of Oxford News, 09.12.13]
Former Jiangsu Secretary visits NUS
Mr Liang Baohua, Member of the Standing Committee, the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Former Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, paid a visit to NUS on 28 November 2013. His was accompanied by officials from Jiangsu and Suzhou Industrial Park, as well as business representatives.
More... [NUS News Portal, 02.12.13]
ANU joins The Conversation
ANU has become a Member of not-for-profit news website The Conversation. The mission of The Conversation is to draw on the expertise in universities to help its readers to be informed on “live” and complex current affairs and public policy issues.
More... [ANU News, 29.11.13]
VC elected to Group of Eight Chair
Professor Ian Young has been elected as the next Chair of the Group of Eight.
More... [ANU News, 26.11.13]
UTokyo Forum 2013 has successfully concluded
The University of Tokyo’s UTokyo Forum 2013, a university-wide event held overseas with the aim of widely promoting the University’s outstanding academic and research achievements to the world, was held from 7th November to 12th November in Santiago, Chile, co-hosted together with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile and in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Universidade de São Paulo, with the theme of “Chi no Souhatsu (Global Emergence of Frontier Knowledge).” More than 150 people from 20 different graduate schools and research institutions as well as many executives including President Hamada attended to this event.
More... [The University of Tokyo News, 22.11.13]
The task of staying in the world elite
At the traditional ETH Day, Rector Lino Guzzella explained the special role that ETH Zurich plays in Switzerland’s complex system of research and education. In his official speech, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann outlined what he expects from ETH Zurich.
More... [ETH News, 16.11.13]