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Trades can support the sustainability generation by making environmental concerns a natural part of courses. By Rodney Jackson Environmental sustainability is, perhaps, the number one global issue of our time. While world leaders struggle to reach a consensus on how ...

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TAFEs back childcare training crackdown

TAFEs have welcomed a federal government crackdown on poor childcare training, following a report that revealed many courses were too short to enable adequate skills development or assessment. The report, compiled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, was released this week by ...

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Gilchrist to sell Australian education to India

Australia is looking to hit sixes internationally with the appointment of Adam Gilchrist as the first ambassador to India on education. The former test cricketer will help ensure Australia is still seen as a high-quality education provider among potential Indian ...

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Work ethics: dilemmas on campus

  Competing pressures on campus can make it hard for academics to determine the right thing to do. By Elisabeth Shaw Although universities generally have extensive policies and procedures in place to guide students and faculty members, there are times ...

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Uni chiefs urge fresh research funding debate

Go8 vice-chancellors have combined to call for fresh debate on research funding in universities. The leaders warn that without adequate federal investment, institutions have few options to make up the shortfall. Each university chief penned thoughts on the topic in the group’s ...

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Get your MOOC’s worth

  Universities have much to gain from adopting modern online education but to reap the benefits for themselves and their students, they’re going to have to do it right. By Adam Brimo Most of the world outside of academia has ...

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The gender equity lab

Researchers have again found insidious sexism in science careers; a new program will test whether linking change to funding has a positive effect. By James Wells A draft report into the scientific community reveals gender inequality is entrenched in Australian ...

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Senate condemns Pyne’s latest deregulation push

The Senate has officially labelled the education minister, Christopher Pyne's, ongoing efforts to pursue the government’s university deregulation plans as a “significant waste of public resources”. A Greens-led motion the upper house passed yesterday noted the recent news that the government had ...

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UWS rebrand a necessary evolution: Glover

The University of Western Sydney has formally announced its rebranding as ‘Western Sydney University’ with vice-chancellor Barney Glover defending the consultation process and long-term strategy behind the move. The announcement, made at the university’s Parramatta campus this morning, follows strong ...

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