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National briefs

Australia moving up the innovation league Australia has improved one place to 20 in the second Economist Intelligence Unit innovation index. The survey weights countries according to direct innovation inputs such as R&D and broadband penetration, as well as other ...

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Budget briefs

South Australia comes away empty handed South Australia’s universities and TAFEs came away from the second round of the EIF with not one cent to rub together. Victoria, on the other hand, appears to have got the biggest percentage of ...

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Slog-fest!

Universities continue to battle it out for a market share, writes Joseph Gora. In an interview with The Age, famed biographer and scourge of bloated rhetoric Don Watson noted that an ugly “business model” had percolated into almost every aspect of ...

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Trainers may never become teachers

Does the basic qualification for a VET trainer provide the foundation for development as a professional teacher, asks John Mitchell. There is continuing debate in the VET sector about the value of the minimum qualification required for a trainer and ...

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VET briefs

Informal learning examined NCVER last week released ‘Informal learning at a glance’, which examines learning in various contexts, from the workplace to the home, and through technology and the mass media. Informal learning, by far the most prevalent form of ...

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Research briefs

New device to fight terrorism Pioneers of the world’s first portable explosives “fingerprint” device at the University of Tasmania have received $1.6 million. The research should ultimately help apprehend terrorists responsible for bomb blasts. The team from the School of ...

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The ABC of university governance

Public universities which place a strong emphasis on academic, business and corporate governance are afforded the best prospects of long-term success, says Garry Carnegie. Organisations of all types require the achievement and maintenance of good or effective governance. Indeed, organisations ...

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The good giving

Philanthropic donations to universities have so far been relatively unaffected by the GFC, says Ben Power.nking it might just turn and around and hoping it is,” she said. Christopher Thorn, executive director of Goldman Sachs JBWere’s philanthropic services team, says ...

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