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Drained and weakened

The proposed new standards for training providers in VET will favour profiteers not quality. Do you believe you can have lower taxes, cheaper electricity, fewer rainy days and fewer cars on the road? If so, you will be impressed by ...

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Business Decisions

UTS’s Roy Green talks to Dallas Bastian about how management schools need to capitalise on their individual strengths to serve the changing needs of students and employers. Australian business and management education is at a critical juncture, an Australian Business ...

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Student union plans anti-budget rallies

Students across the country are being encouraged to up the ante in opposition to the government’s push to deregulate university fees with a national day of action planned to take place in major cities next week. Concurrent events, being organised ...

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Australian unis ace QS report cards

Australia has dominated one of the latest online university ratings reports, producing five of the 10 universities worldwide to receive a five-star plus report card under the QS Stars University ratings system. Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the ...

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Former Newcastle VC Saunders joins TEQSA

Former University of Newcastle vice-chancellor professor Nicholas Saunders has been named acting chief commissioner and CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In announcing the appointment, which comes as the government seeks to deliver sweeping higher education reforms, ...

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Water ‘tractor beam’ developed

Australian National University researchers have brought science fiction a step closer to reality after successfully creating what has been dubbed a tractor beam, using water flow patterns. By manipulating wave patterns in water, the team has been able to control ...

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Academics call anti-terror laws overreach

Australian academics have accused the government of overreaching in its push to extend anti-terror laws, saying there is insufficient evidence to justify many of the powers it hopes to grant the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Australian Federal Police. Last week, Prime ...

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Recruiting still takes human touch

When researching their tertiary education futures, prospective students still value human contact as highly as any information or online resource, a new study has revealed. Students Online: Global Trends, which US-based university ratings service TopUniversities.com released last week, was based on ...

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Promising side of brain research

New research has bolstered evidence suggesting that one part of the human brain is better protected from ageing and cognitive deterioration than others. The study, conducted at the University of Adelaide, assessed visual and non-visual response to stimuli amongst a ...

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Paid internships for student teachers

A select group of Melbourne University students will soon be able to undertake paid part-time working hours in the classroom whilst completing their teaching degrees. Based on the paid intern model already used by university medical faculties across the country, ...

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