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UniMelb leads Australian universities in world rankings

A leading international university rankings agency has rated six Australian universities in its top 100. Released yesterday, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) gave the University of Melbourne top Australian honours. It ranked 39th, one place better than ...

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British Council rates our higher education

Our international student credentials are stellar, a British organisation has determined. The British Council, a quasi-governmental organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities, ranked Australia equal best overall, alongside Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Malaysia and the UK. In their global education study, ...

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How humans are turning seasnakes black

Distinctive black and white striped seasnakes were once a common sight in the shallow reefs off Queensland and several Pacific islands. Now, these turtle-headed marine snakes are turning black, and its our fault. A team of international researchers, including the University of Sydney’s ...

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When scientists met policymakers

They’re often perceived as being at odds with each other, but this week, top scientists and bureaucrats happily commingled. In Canberra for Science meets Policymakers, they collaborated on a 10-year plan for our country’s scientific and technological future. Dr Charlie Day from ...

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Full-fee medical degree slammed by industry insiders

Although many argue there are already too many medical graduates in Australia, today another medical faculty was launched. Macquarie University unveiled its four-year, full-fee postgraduate Doctor of Medicine program, set to commence next year. “Building on the success and great reputation ...

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Universities “not rolling in gold”: IRU

Conor King, executive director of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), wants the government to know that universities aren’t as cashed up as many assume. Also, he contends, the government’s other presumptions on which university funding plans are based are false. For example, although ...

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Value of degrees in decline: HILDA report

The annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey bears bad news for graduates. Released this week, it shows that while the more educated generally fare better across several social and economic outcomes, such outcomes aren’t as good as ...

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