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The cost of an NYU medical degree is now $0

NYU medical students – current and future – will obtain their degrees for free. Announced last Thursday, the measure is designed to relieve students of “rising”, burdensome study debt, and thereby, “attract the best and brightest students to careers in medicine”. The university cited another ...

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UniSA and UofA: a merger, a marriage, or both?

It could be the ‘super university’ that transforms the city of churches into the university city. Or, it could be a cost-cutting exercise. These are the headlines surrounding the potential University of South Australia-University of Adelaide merger. Yet, it is much more complicated than these extremes ...

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Shared university services ‘snake oil’: opinion

The fashion in universities and other public sector organisations for ‘shared services’ did not spring from nowhere. Yes Minister in the 1980s featured an episode about a hospital that had 500 administration staff, but could not afford to employ nurses ...

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USQ helping bush ladies become bosses

University management professional turned organic beef farmer Brigid Price is now, of all things, an entrepreneur. The unlikeliness comes from the fact that while almost half of all new Australian ventures are founded in rural, regional or remote areas, only 2.4 per ...

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