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National news briefs

International education earnings up again: UA The ABS International Goods and Services December 2008 trade data shows international education remained buoyant last year, increasing its earnings 27 per cent to $15.5 billion in 2008, according to Universities Australia. UA said ...

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Student bonus – how it works

There are two ways students can qualify for the Training and Learning Bonus. Firstly if, on 3 February, they were a student or apprentice eligible for youth allowance, Austudy, Abstudy or various other schemes including sickness allowance and special benefit. ...

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A $42 billion argument

$42 billion buys a lot of stimulus, for students and many others. It also buys a lot of politicking. When the stimulus package bill hit Parliament last Wednesday, the House of Reps stayed up all night to yell about it. ...

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International news briefs

As talk about retention rises, US rates drop US colleges have in recent years been paying increasing attention to retention of undergraduates but the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that it doesn’t seem to be working. New data shows that ...

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Research briefs

Triple P’s effectiveness confirmed The University of Queensland’s positive parenting program (or Triple P) has been found to substantially reduce child abuse if applied community-wide. This is the conclusion of a five-year study of the program led by Dr Ron ...

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Globalising the law degree

Globalisation and other pressures are bringing the study of international law increasingly to the fore. Universities are responding in kind, reports Jeremy Gilling. International law, once an underexplored and unappreciated minor specialisation in Australian law faculties, has emerged as a ...

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International briefs

Will India’s higher education surge exclude foreign universities? India’s massive financial commitment to higher education (CR, 27.01.09) should be good news for other countries, including Australia, who are interested in expanding their presence in India. But, as The Parliament, may ...

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Research briefs

Dragonfly flying skills guide design of tiny aircraft The extraordinary flying skills of the dragonfly, which have interested the US army for some time, may now be the key for the design of micro-aircraft, according to ANU researchers. Dr Richard ...

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Checked mate 1

White (playing up the board) to move and draw. Black can easily promote his pawn and just as easily catch White’s pawn before it is promoted. So how can he fail to win? Solution next week.

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