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Marketing triumphs from within

Most universities should focus on their own unique advantages for the best chance at enduring success with their brand. Recent legislative changes and the higher Australian dollar are making universities work harder than ever to attract students. To do this ...

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Reform at the speed of scandal

As unprecedented troubles engulf the sector, the government’s option to keep the pace of change methodical is vanishing rapidly. By John Mitchell All governments probably hope the general public never gains too many insights into a sector. That way, governments ...

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It hasn’t paid off

A document has emerged showing the extent of the shift of funds out of TAFE and into large, for-profit providers – without achieving objectives for the public. By John Mitchell A new report on the VET sector provides proof that, ...

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Plaudits follow punishment

After federal politicians spend years progressively dismantling TAFE, a report from Parliament heaps praise upon the public provider. By John Mitchell There was much noise around the VET sector in late 2014, but few public comments were made about a ...

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Australia’s sweet 16

16 Australian institutions have been ranked in the world’s top 100 universities under the age of 50 with UTS – 21st overall - taking the honour of the nation’s top ranked ‘young’ university. The One Hundred Under Fifty list, released ...

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Universities face new corruption report

Recruitment fraud, undeserved passing grades alleged in Four Corners story. Australian universities have been forced to defend recruitment and academic standards relating to students following fresh allegations of widespread corruption. The allegations, aired last night by on the ABC program ...

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And the research grant goes to…

An Academy Awards-style voting system could help reduce grant application writing time without compromising the fairness of research fund distribution, a group of academics says. A recently launched pilot research project, by Queensland University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, is ...

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Fresh calls to cap VC pay

The latest round of annual reports has led to fresh claims from the Greens of hypocrisy by universities for paying large salaries to vice-chancellors whilst pushing for the right to increase student fees. Annual reports from public universities show that some university chiefs are ...

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