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Sum of us, not some of us: mathematicians

 Leading academics are calling for a campaign to make maths appeal to students and increase the number of teachers. By Jennifer Bennett. The federal government should appoint a national adviser in mathematics and set up a campaign to raise awareness ...

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Canberra saddles up with the Brumbies

A deal between the University of Canberra and the Brumbies rugby union team will provide great opportunities for students, says vice-chancellor Stephen Parker, but the union says the financial details need to be made public. In a first for an ...

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Pain over dentistry demand

La Trobe University’s dentistry program has been the victim of its own popularity, with far more students than expected enrolling after being offered a place – so many that 34 have been told there is no room for them after ...

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Bosses lament lack of suitable job applicants

Graduate recruitment by Australian firms dropped by 3.4 percentage points in 2011, with employers estimating that the figures are likely to be the same next year, the latest Graduate Outlook survey shows.  But in some good news for the international ...

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‘Doing good deals’, UNE manager tells ICAC

A former director of campus services at the University of New England has told the Independent Commission Against Corruption that believed he was “doing good deals for the university” while allegedly accepting meals, alcohol, sports tickets and money intended to ...

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Australian university subjects on iTunes U

Since the launch three years ago, hundreds of universities across the world have flocked to iTunes U, Apple’s platform for hosting university course content, lectures and pod casts.  Now La Trobe is about to become the first Australian university to ...

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Science offers increase

Universities across the country, free to set their own student numbers for the first time under the new demand-driven funding system, are reporting increases in student preferences for science courses, and parallel rises in offers being made for places. The ...

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International interest up as gates open wider

Has international education in Australia found its way back from the wilderness?  The Knight review of the Student Visa Program, released in March last year, made sweeping recommendations for changes to how Australia dealt with international students, starting with entry ...

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ICAC to investigate UNE corruption allegations

A public inquiry into allegations of corruption at the University of New England will begin on January 23 in Sydney after the university called in the Independent Commission Against Corruption following an internal investigation. ICAC is investigating allegations that UNE ...

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