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University surpluses not for spending

Claims that Australia’s universities are on the financial rise and running huge surpluses should be treated with caution, says the sector’s peak body, and an attempt by the government to lower hopes for further federal funding. “We think it was ...

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Sector must be heard, says new IEAA chief

The international education sector has a tendency to “slip through the cracks” in this country, and that’s something that the International Education Association of Australia’s new chief plans to change. Phil Honeywood, IEAA’s new chief executive, started in the job last ...

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Fears that demand could drive job cuts

Staff anxieties at two Sydney universities over the possibility of job cuts in the coming year could be a sign of tougher things to come, as universities attempt to make their money go further under demand-driven funding. Workers at both ...

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Support for international regulation change

A series of bills revamping the regulatory framework surrounding the private international education sector in Australia are currently before a senate committee, with initial submissions showing general support for the changes. The committee is taking submissions until December 2. It ...

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No action needed, says AMC

The body that accredits medical schools has said the University of Queensland medical school’s accreditation is not likely to be reviewed as a result of the current controversy. “There’s no reason why we would do that and there’s no mechanism ...

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The blog rankings – academic English

Reading and writing are basic skills required for university but for many first-year students the jump to academic English can be something of a shock. High HSC marks in maths and science might not translate to an ease with the ...

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Scholarship helps not for profit sector

The not-for-profit sector is a big employer in Australia but skills development and training is often a low priority for organisations, who have neither the time nor money to spend on it for their staff. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission, working ...

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UNSW ‘should’ support ADFA cadets

The University of New South Wales needs to be more active in the provision of student care at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the university’s student president says. Osman Faruqi, SRC president at UNSW, which runs ADFA’s academic program, said ...

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‘Plunder’ of TAFEs will continue

Funding changes that will see courses below bachelor’s degrees removed from the demand-driven system have been cautiously embraced by the TAFE sector but will not protect that sector from being plundered by universities, experts say. The federal government announced last ...

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UQ picks up most research grants from ARC

More than $310 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) research grants for more than 1000 projects were allocated last week by Innovation Minister Kim Carr.  The money goes on projects as diverse as parenting interventions, better wine production and efficiency ...

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