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Hall’s title at least includes tertiary education

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: December 13, 2010

Sections of ALP regard universities as no more than glorified skills factories, writes Paul Rodan In the recent Victorian election campaign, the parlous condition of the state’s leading export industry, international education, received virtually no attention from political parties or media. As I have observed previously in these pages, it is ...

Parfitt Newcastle deputy VC

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

Professor Andrew Parfitt has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor (academic) at the University of Newcastle. Parfitt is currently pro vice-chancellor and vice-president of the Faculty of IT, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia, a position he has held since 2007. His career highlights include leading the Co-operative ...

Look within and then collaborate

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: December 1, 2008

Australian universities need to look within for agents of change. But they also need to externalise their view of the world by benchmarking different aspects of their operations from outside higher education. In a plenary session of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council two-day symposium, Professor Adam Shoemaker told the ...

Affordable student accommodation hit by funding cuts

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: March 21, 2011

Plans for new affordable accommodation for needy students at one Sydney university have been cancelled because of recent federal funding cuts.quo; needs as well as availability of accommodation including whether it was university managed, in partnership or privately managed. UA is still compiling the data a report which will be released ...

Visa arrangements impede research

Relevance: 67%      Posted on: August 2, 2010

New requirements for visiting academics to be sponsored have stymied international research collaboration, a House of Representatives inquiry has heard. A “rigid and difficult” visa system is depriving Australia of international academics and higher degree research students, according to submissions to a House of Representatives inquiry into Australia’s international research collaborations. The ...

Carr challenges unis to be more radical

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: November 16, 2009

Research minister Kim Carr is says with some notable exceptions, interim compact negotiations are bordering on the bland. Research minister Kim Carr has hit out at universities, saying he wants mission-based compacts to promote radical reform, structural change and active collaboration in the sector. Carr said last week he was “worried” that ...

Year in View: Regulation – lessons for the ‘tough cop’

Relevance: 54%      Posted on: December 12, 2011

 The now welcome arrival of TEQSA on the beat has come about because the government was prepared to listen to those who work in the sector. In the annals of political discourse, the debate that tracked the formation of a new regulator for the higher education sector takes some beating. There ...

Economy back to boom – but manufacturing headed for bust

Relevance: 53%      Posted on: April 19, 2010

Australia’s economy is going gang-busters again, but some sectors are continuing to slide – with implications for training. Australia is poised to rediscover the boom conditions of early 2008, but some sections of the economy – notably manufacturing – have taken a permanent hit, according to leading economist Chris Richardson. Richardson, a ...

Renewing a TAFE workforce

Relevance: 51%      Posted on: January 18, 2010

What bright ideas will help TAFE staff develop new capabilities, asks John Mitchell. With mounting pressure on TAFEs to increase their ability to make money, in the future many more TAFE staff may be rated by their potential to generate revenue. In this new environment, the value of staff who are ...

Auditors praise college leader

Relevance: 51%      Posted on: January 31, 2011

AUQA does not usually mention individuals when it audits education providers. There must be something special about the director of QIBT. The Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) has taken the rare step of commending an individual in one of its audits. In a report on the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology ...