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PPP off target on “critical” skills: new data

The federal government’s marketised VET program hasn’t hit the right skill needs. The federal government’s prototype demand-driven program for VET, the Productivity Places Program (PPP), has provided little if any training in four of the five fields the government has ...

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Sectors asunder

The boundaries are supposed to be blurring. But this year’s budget has prised VET further apart from higher education, and it’s part of a post-Bradley trend, writes John Ross Sydney Institute can trace its history back almost 180 years to ...

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National VET entitlement on the shelf

The federal government has hosed down plans for a national training guarantee, even though the Victorian prototype appears to have led to increased participation. The federal government has gone cold on its plan to introduce a national student entitlement scheme ...

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Reserve powers could set limits on unlimited supply

Universities shouldn’t feel threatened by the government’s reserve powers to limit student numbers. The federal government has reserved the right to cap its ‘uncapped’ higher education system, with the bill for the new demand-driven system giving the tertiary education minister ...

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More language tests for student visas

The immigration minister has finally wound up a language testing anomaly suspected of discouraging international students. A potential impediment to international enrolments was removed last week when the immigration minister committed to broadening the range of language tests deemed acceptable ...

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Silence clouds tuition assurance changes

Labor says better information disclosure will help solve problems in international education. But it’s ignoring its own advice by keeping the sector in the dark over its new consumer protection scheme. Fifteen months after an independent reviewer recommended wholesale changes ...

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Rio process takes a step forward

Europe’s universities and their peak bodies are extending their influence across the South Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Europe’s efforts to build bridges with Latin American university groups could help harmonise the higher education systems of South and Central America, as ...

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