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MOOCs may mean massive overtime

Unions say expansion of online offerings is already adding overburdening staff, adding to casualization. By Dallas Bastian. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are on the rise in Australian universities and some are concerned that they will put more pressure on ...

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Preparation and inspiration

The long, hard road to a PhD can be navigated a little more easily through good planning and a little mateship amongst peers. By Hamza Bendemra. Completing a PhD is no small feat. It requires high intellect and a great ...

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Green goes a long way

Universities are finding that incorporating sustainability into their campus design provides benefits in many areas. By Dallas Bastian. Universities are focusing on green construction and design to attract students, cut costs and improve their reputations. Joe Agius, director of Cox ...

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Why can’t we be friends?

Researchers and policymakers have much to gain by mending their sometimes testy relationship. By Antonia Maiolo. Scientists and policymakers should be collaborating much more effectively, academic experts say. Despite the widely recognised importance of using scientific research for policy, relations ...

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ASQA CEO: Sector needs rigorous enforcement

Claims the authority is slow and heavy handed don’t stand up to facts; ‘vague’ standards are to blame for problems. By Chris Robinson. In recent months, a number of stakeholders in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector have taken ...

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Between green and sustainable

Dr Kishnani – The National University of Singapore’s program director for the school of design and environment – speaks with Louis White about the economics of sustainability, and ‘green’ as a brand and Australia’s role in its future.  Australian universities, and ...

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Rankings reveal – from the top 3

The leading agencies for international university league tables discuss challenges Australian institutions face in moving up the list. By Dallas Bastian. Australian universities often have mixed results when it comes to international rankings. Some institutions frequently feature amongst the top ...

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Innovators galore

Local universities are contributing mightily to advances in research and Australia should be getting more out of it.  By Mardi Chapman. Foamed bitumen, thermal finger-printing technology, sustainable sports shoe manufacturing and improved weather forecasting are just some of the 50 Solutions ...

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What it’s really worth

Researchers have cut through the perceptions and ranked the most overrated and underrated degrees for career readiness in Australia. By Dallas Bastian. Researchers have compiled a list of the most overrated and underrated degrees in Australian universities. The rankings, put ...

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Keep accounting in the good books

The AWPA’s arguments for removing the profession from the Skilled Occupation List ignore many factors that drive the labour market. By Phil Honeywood . The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) recently concluded another round of consultations about whether the ...

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