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Dear colleagues,

here is the second ENAI newsletter with news related to academic integrity. We would like to share with you an invitation to two conferences on academic integrity - in Kazakhstan and in Lithuania, to inform you about a new bulletin on corruption in education and about funding opportunities for publishing in open access journals. 
And at the end of this newsletter you will find a video about exam cheating and how sophisticated business it is.

ETICO: UNESCO's platform on corruption in education

International Institute for Educational Planning of UNESCO has a web-based resource platform targeting the issue of ethics and corruption in education called ETICO - check its website at http://etico.iiep.unesco.org. Three times per year ETICO sends bulletin to keep readers informed about recent developments in the area of ethics and corruption in education. Subscribe to the Bulletin here: http://etico.iiep.unesco.org/etico-connect/bulletin.

Funding opportunities for Author Processing Charge

International Journal for Educational Integrity has just started promoting Author Processing Charge (APC) funding opportunities on the website: http://edintegrity.springeropen.com/apply-for-apc-funding. See the complete list of almost 200 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide. 

2nd Conference on Academic Integrity in Kazakhstan, May 2017

Higher School of Economics at KAZGUU University and Nazarbayev University have the honor to announce the upcoming 2nd Conference on Academic Integrity with the focus on University Governance to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 19-20, 2017.

The Conference organizing committee invites young researchers to submit proposals to a special panel for junior researchers. This panel aims to encourage young researchers to engage with critical thinking on University governance issues. Proposals on any of the Conference themes can be submitted to this special panel.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT, LOCAL TIME, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2017, to the following email: conference2017@hse.kazguu.kz
Details: https://conferencemonkey.org/conference/the-2nd-annual-conference-on-academic-integrity-820602

International Conference on Academic Ethics in Lithuania, October 2017

Mykolas Romeris University will organize annual international conference ‘Shaping Ethics in Academia and Society: Practices in the Baltic Sea Region’ in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 16 to 17 October 2017. It will focus on ethics management, notably on ethical issues within academia and related society and, in the same vein, on relevant managerial solutions. This conference aims at encompassing formation of ethical behaviour and anchoring ethical principles in academia as a waypoint in a continuum between family; high school; higher education; research, business and labour market as well as society in general.
Please, submit your abstract now!
Contact: aec@mruni.eu
Details: http://etika2017.mruni.eu
 

Mykolas Romeris University - the first university in Lithuania conducting internal academic ethics research

First attempts to study academic ethics at MRU have been made in 2012 at the Faculty of Politics and Management. In 2016, team of researchers of Academic Ethics Centre, led by Inga Gaižauskaitė, conducted academic ethics research at the university level, basically focusing on two main ethical principles such as integrity and responsibility. MRU is the first university in Lithuania that attempted diagnosing the status quo of institutional academic ethics.

The aim of the research was to assess conditions of consolidation and implementation of principles of academic ethics in study process and research performance at the university. Researchers pursued following tasks: analysis of internal regulations on academic ethics and statistical data related to breach of principles and procedures of academic ethics; analysis on perceptions and practices of academic ethics and its principles in the community.
Statistical data analysis covered period from 2011 to 2016. It allowed tracing dynamics of decisions related to breach of academic ethics and grasping institutional behaviour pursuing to ensure ethical norms in academia. Furthermore, internal regulations on academic ethics allowed tracking the shifting weight of sanctioning during the last decade.
Using qualitative approach, three groups of research participants were involved: bachelor and master level students; doctoral students, and academic personnel (lecturers/scientists). Students were invited to focus group discussions whereas individual in-depth interviews were conducted with doctoral students and academic personnel. Overall, research included 7 focus groups and 21 interviews. Hence, rich qualitative data allowed making deeper insights into the realisation of principles of academic ethics in the daily life of university.
Researchers’ team started open discussion in the academy on how to promote and maintain academic ethics at the university.

Croatia’s science minister accused of plagiarism refuses to resign

All over the globe time to time, there appears a politician who committed an academic integrity breach. Very recently Croatia's science minister was accused of plagiarism by research ethics committee. The minister - Pavo Barišić, rejects to resign saying that he committed rather a “typographic error”.
Read the full article here: http://www.nature.com/news/croatia-s-science-minister-rejects-calls-to-resign-amid-plagiarism-scandal-1.21301.

Watch designed for cheating on exams

At the end of our newsletter, we would like to share with you quite surprising discovery for us - watch designed just for cheating! Check how sophisticated they are on following promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_qoWxuOeDM! They can be bought from 55 USD and the e-shop offers a very wide range of other cheating gadgets: https://www.24kupi.com.

Let's finish with a joke!

(source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJADOJFAx0p/)
We will approach with the next newsletter at the beginning of April, if you want to share with us and with other recipients interesting news from your country or some curiosities from the area of academic integrity, we will welcome your contributions. Please send them to us before 27th March to info@academicintegrity.eu.

Sincerely yours
European Network for Academic Integrity team

info@academicintegrity.eu
European Network for Academic Integrity, 2017


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