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Characteristics of contemporary elite universities

There are many good reasons why governments should concentrate public investment in elite universities, writes Michael Gallagher. Today we might define a research university in its ideal type as a community of intelligent people, new and experienced, together searching for ...

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Worth the while

Professor Ian Costa-Packet*, vice-chancellor of Wemakealot University, writes an open letter to the union. It is with great sadness, and considerable concern, that I view recent developments at some of Australia’s universities. The recent wave of strikes, orchestrated by the ...

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VET leadership alive not static

What capabilities are needed by VET leaders, asks John Mitchell. There is a myth in the VET sector that most of its current leaders have been there forever and are likely to stay on indefinitely. Contradicting that view is a ...

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Noticeboard

UNE appoints new vice-chancellor The University of New England has appointed Professor James Barber as its next vice-chancellor and CEO. Barber is currently deputy vice-chancellor at RMIT. He is director on a number of national bodies, including Open Universities Australia, ...

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International briefs

Universities value to economy in the billions Universities in Britain are worth £59 billion ($107 billion) to the economy, according a report into the economic impact of higher education. This figure, based on data for 2007-08, represents a 25 per ...

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On the not so distant horizon

Mobile devices and private clouds are among the technologies that will have the greatest impact on education in the coming year, writes Beverley Head. When Microsoft took the final veils off the Windows 7 operating system last month it also ...

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Programmed to succeed

Understanding his students helped Raymond Lister understand his teaching. By Linda Belardi. For five years, Dr. Raymond Lister was consistently surprised by the high rate of failure in his first year computer programming course. Between a quarter and half of ...

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VET briefs

NSW TAFE teachers threaten strike action NSW TAFE teachers are staging wildcat strikes, defying an Industrial Relations Commission judgment on work conditions in return for pay rises. Several strikes took place last week at TAFE campuses in Sydney and Wollongong. ...

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