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Universities baulk at foreign deal laws

Australia's space agency and other international collaborations are at risk from proposed federal laws which would limit partnerships with foreign governments or entities, senators have been told. Universities used a Senate inquiry into the underpinning bill on Tuesday to ask ...

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University law changes await final nod

Last-minute procedural hitches have meant laws which will push up the cost of humanities courses while "job-ready" qualifications like nursing and engineering will become cheaper won't pass parliament until the next sitting week. Amendments made to the universities legislation were ...

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The future of university teaching: opinion

The COVID-19 pandemic led to higher education being moved en masse to remote and online learning in a compressed timeline. Limited returns to on-campus learning are evident depending on disease outbreak levels and health advice in local areas, but the ...

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Trio win Nobel for hep-C virus discovery

Americans Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice, and British-born scientist Michael Houghton have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major source of liver disease that affects millions ...

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Budget 2020-21: the sector reacts

The injection of an additional $1 billion for university research was the big-ticket item for higher education in last night’s Federal Budget. Announcing the education measures in the 2020-21 Budget, Minister for Education Dan Tehan said education would be critical ...

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High-tech scheme to stop bushfires early

Bushfires could be detected early and extinguished within minutes under a high-tech scheme designed to stop catastrophic disasters. The Australian National University is teaming up with Optus to undertake advanced research to predict, identify and put out blazes before they ...

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Universities thrown modest budget lifeline

Universities hammered by coronavirus border closures will be thrown a lifeline in next week's federal budget. Education Minister Dan Tehan has promised an extra $326 million to provide more domestic student places. The money is expected to cover 12,000 new ...

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Senate committee report backs uni fee reform

A senate committee report has recommended the government’s job-ready graduates bill be passed with the contingency that it is reviewed after two years.  The committee’s chair, Liberal senator James McGrath, wrote that the bill will “deliver policy and funding certainty for the sector”.  But Greens senator ...

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