SpringerNature’s Frankfurt listing values 7 billion euro

To minimize the risks from volatile stock markets, SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazine Nature, has proposed a Frankfurt listing valued at 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) including debt. The company, which also prints Scientific American, plans to launch its IPO in May. Bookrunners Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas, and global coordinators JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, have been appointed to help with the listing.

Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/springernature-hurries-7-billion-euro-frankfurt-listing/

Islamic universities have role in combating the rise of extremism

Uzbekistan opened a new university named Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan in January. The university is meant for Islamic studies which will focus on scholarly knowledge about Islam and would create an atmosphere of religious tolerance in Uzbek society and beyond in Central Asia. It will also provide the highest and secondary special religious education institutions of the country with highly qualified scientific and pedagogical staff.

Reference Link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2018022307312293

India to learn lessons from Asia’s world class universities

Little has changed in terms of the university framework in India, but now Indian government has planned to select 20 universities and has announced to put necessary effort to develop the universities and aims to be in the list of   ‘world-class universities’. It’s time for India to learn strategies from its neighboring countries to emerge as a role model.According to the Times Higher Education regional rankings, Asia has made its mark amongst the world’s top universities. The goal has not been easy, but these universities flourished by having shrewd leaders, prudent planning and government backing. For achieving the target, India will have to adopt such strategies.

Reference Link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180214073029692

Elsevier Collaborates with Hypothesis to Integrate Open Annotation

Elsevier and Hypothesis are coordinating with each other to adjust annotation capacities in Elsevier’s Research Products. This is extremely relevant with the increasing role of customers and administrations in open guidelines and technologies. The management of both Elsevier and Hypothesis expressed their happiness about the collaboration and its importance for learning platforms.

Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/elsevier-collaborates-with-hypothesis-to-integrate-open-annotation/

Student mobility is shrinking

According to the survey conducted by the British Council, the students leaving their home country for higher education to abroad has decreased in number. The reason behind this change is that there has been increase in the number of local investors for higher education, in many countries. Earlier, students’ preferred to go abroad for higher studies due to lack of quality education at home. A recent study shows that globally the number of outbound students is anticipated to rise by 1.7 % annually, from 2015 to 2027, a sharp slowdown of the 5.7% annual growth between 2000 to 2015.

Reference link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180209120222866

Peking University purchases linguistics and literature eBook package from De Gruyter Mouton

Peking University ventures to strengthen its growing linguistics program and expand its collection by acquiring the prestigious De Gruyter Mouton collection. The package includes 2,400 ebook titles (up to and including 2017). Professor Qian Jun, the Vice Director of Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages said “Access to De Gruyter Mouton content not only improves the quality of our resources, but allows our students and researchers to take part in the international academic discussion on linguistics.”

PLOS and PubGrade Entered into a Digital Advertising Partnership

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and PubGrade GmbH have collaborated to provide PLOS with PubGrade’s integrated advertising platform: PubGrade for Publishers. PubGrade provides the Public Library of Science with a fully integrated advertising platform that assists them to offer progressive digital advertising campaign targeting, monitoring, reporting, plus workflow and optimization solutions. PubGrade has offered PLOS quite a cost- and time-efficient mode to improve services in a focused way.

Reference Link: http://news.sys-con.com/node/4228326

Japan’s salubrious package in its HSR bid

Japan is all set to bid for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR (High-Speed Rail) contract by offering an inclusive financial package and other offerings to make the package look attractive. Japan is eyeing three local universities as partners to set up a training centre in Malaysia to produce skilled manpower, so that they can start the operations by themselves from Day One, if it wins the bid. Japan is also offering a comprehensive financial package that will help the two nations reduce their financial burden in introducing the system. This offering is set to benefit Malaysian and Singapore companies including small and medium enterprises. The project, worth between RM50 billion and RM60 billion, will be functional by 2026. It is billed as Southeast Asia’s largest infrastructure project.

Reference link: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1431379

Publishers, Librarians disagreement over NIH Rule

National Institutes of Health (NIH) rule has again hauled controversy from the publishers and academic librarians. The new rule which is now a law requires NIH-funded researchers to submit an electronic copy of their peer-reviewed manuscripts with the NIH for free online distribution through PubMed Central, its digital archive. The AAP is critical of the new rule on economic grounds as scientific research is an important product in the international marketplace and making research freely available undermine the global market for research.

Reference Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20080107/14759-publishers-librarians-clash-over-nih-rule.html

Australia is in double bind over ‘treason’ laws

According to experts’ assumptions there could be a fall in the number of Chinese students studying at Australian Universities on account of new anti-treason laws that have been portrayed as “anti-China” by the China’s Communist Party and state-governed media. Last month Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, declared a series of planned laws to limit foreign influence in Australian politics. They are in a dilemma as they want to protect academic freedom at the same time they want to retain Chinese student numbers.

Reference Link: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/australia-fears-decline-chinese-students-over-treason-laws