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Dawkins to head National Quality Council

John Dawkins has been appointed chair of the National Quality Council, which oversees quality assurance and ensures national consistency in the application of the Australian Quality Training Framework. Dawkins is a former education minister who revolutionised the Australian higher education ...

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International role for Berndt

Swinburne University’s Professor Chris Berndt has been nominated vice-president of ASM International, a US-based society that represents 36,000 members in the materials science field worldwide. Berndt will be vice president from October for a year before becoming president in 2011-12. ...

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Robson to chair WUN

UWA vice-chancellor Professor Alan Robson has been appointed chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) board. WUN is a partnership of 16 research-focused universities in Europe, North America, China, New Zealand and Australia. Robson is also chair of the Group ...

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Victoria out-Bradleys the feds

Victoria’s recent state budget might have been underwhelming from a higher education perspective – by the southern state’s usual standards, anyway. But Victoria has redeemed itself with a $100 million-plus package for regional education & training. The Victorian government will ...

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New appointments to Flinders

The Flinders Law School has recently made several appointments. Professor Susan Breau has taught at leading universities in the UK as an expert in the legality of international humanitarian interventions; Professor Willem deLint is a Canadian researcher in criminology, criminal ...

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Digital is dead: synaptic technologies rule

Universities need to give digital technology the finger. By Graeme Harper. Statement one: universities sometimes lag behind developments in society. Some might even say, wryly, this statement is a truism. Statement two: universities sometimes are way ahead of the lay ...

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Picture this

AARNet’s new venture will throw open videoconferencing and collaboration to all comers, writes Beverley Head. Come the end of this year, Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) plans to launch a free videoconferencing service for students, researchers and academics in ...

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Doing it for themselves

It meets the same rigorous standards as its mainstream academic counterparts, but its by students, for students. By Jeremy Gilling. The Australian Medical Student Journal is a standout in a crowded field. It’s Australia’s first peer-reviewed medical journal, and one ...

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