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PPP’s budget swansong

Time’s running out for the PPP, but there are question marks over its replacement. The government has tacitly acknowledged criticisms of its flagship VET program, the Productivity Places Program (PPP), cutting it short by at least two years and ripping ...

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Infrastructure on hold

What a difference a year makes, as stimulus gives way to stagnation. Infrastructure funding, the big winner in last year’s budget, has been the surprise package again this year – but for completely different reasons. Eight months after applications closed ...

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Foundation focus applauded

If last year’s budget was about higher education and research, there’s been a warm reaction to this year’s budget focus at the other end of the post-school education spectrum. The federal government’s $119 million foundation skills package – four programs ...

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Death by a thousand cuts

Pound for pound, it’s the world’s biggest education export industry. But the surgery to correct last year’s well-publicised problems may have nicked a few arteries. If international enrolments decline at Navitas’s Australian colleges, there’s a silver lining – a good ...

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GEOS parent bites the dust

GEOS has gone bust in Japan, despite its Australian offspring’s fatal efforts to bail it out. Three months after the GEOS group of English language colleges collapsed in Australia, reportedly displacing 4500 students and 390 staff, their Japanese parent has ...

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“Greedy work” stymies training

Australians too lazy to train? No, they’re too time-poor, with almost half officially rushed off their feet. Australia is banking its future on increasing its productivity through higher skill levels. But a leading employment academic is asking whether Australians can ...

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International HE enrolments buoyant – so far

There’s good news for HE in the latest international enrolment figures – but don’t pop the champagne corks. Higher education (HE) enrolments have barely been affected by last year’s well-publicised problems in international education, according to the March enrolment summary ...

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Guaranteed articulation at Swinburne

Swinburne has reinforced its reputation as an intersectoral bridge-builder with a guaranteed, institution-wide articulation program. Swinburne University of Technology will offer to parachute all of its higher level TAFE students into guaranteed undergraduate places, complete with advanced standing, through new ...

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