Poland Wants to Reform its Innovation System

In this week’s news roundup we speak about Canada’s plan to attract more foreign students, Poland’s attempt to reform its innovation system and salary review for state universities in Zimbabwe.

Canada plans to attract more foreign students

Reform in Canada: The Globe and Mail report that the Canadian government is planning to invest more than $22 million in order to diversify its global recruiting efforts.

More than half of international students in Canada are coming from only two countries – China and India.

Initial marketing focus will be placed on countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France and Ukraine.

Additionally, the program will attempt to attract students outside of the big cities in order to bring economic benefits to provinces.

The strategy will also make it easier for Canadian students to study abroad, primarily in Asia and Latin America, rather than in the common destinations such as Britain, the USA and Australia.

Poland wants to reform its innovation system

Reform in Poland: Science Business reports that the Polish government aims to boost the country’s innovation and research through participation in EU programs.

The main idea is to attract home expat researchers, create a network of applied research institutes and reform higher education system through a ‘’Constitution for science’’.

Additionally, participation in Horizon Europe is marked as one of the key points. Mateusz Gaczyński, deputy director for innovation and development at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, said:

“It was very clear that [increasing] participation in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe is one of the main goals of [the network].”Łukasz Wojdyga, director of National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) added that “the idea was to encourage Polish scientists to return back to Poland.”

Salary review for state universities in Zimbabwe

Sunday News reports that the government of Zimbabwe has decided to review salaries for teaching staff at state universities.

This produced a response from lecturers who threatened to go on strike over a salary dispute. Zimbabwe State Universities’ Union of Academics voiced their concerns over the issue.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, said:

“There are processes going on, therefore let’s wait and see what is going to come out from those discussions.

Through their association, university staff met with the ministry and we came up with a document.

That document was taken and given to the Ministry of Finance. We believe that something is going to come out of it.”

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