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TAFE warns government: ‘Don’t fund uni diplomas’

Following a brief budget uplift, it’s been a tumultuous time for the vocational education sector. TAFE enrolment numbers have plummeted in NSW and Victoria, causing TAFE NSW to announce plans to self-accredit. To make matters worse, the government’s National Innovation and ...

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Open Universities becomes more accessible to postgrads

Open Universities Australia, which offers online education, is broadening its offerings. In a self-styled Australian first, 118 postgraduate standalone units – or subjects – can now be completed. The higher education provider – an alliance between Monash, Curtin, Griffith, Macquarie, RMIT, ...

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VU gives tradies a leg up

Tradies will no longer have to down tools to enter university. Victoria University has partnered with Builders Academy Australia (BAA), the training division of Simonds Group, to offer BAA graduates pathways to degrees. From this year, such graduates will receive ...

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Academics cautiously welcome revised US travel ban

Although a US travel ban affecting citizens of six Muslim-majority nations has been partially reinstated, academics, who’ve been exempted, are relieved. This week, the US Supreme Court, in the process of granting a hearing date for the ban, lifted it ...

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USYD research project suspended for questionable ethics

The University of Sydney’s Human Research Ethics Committee has suspended two academics’ research project for their use of pseudonyms in analysing participants. International relations associate professors Benjamin Goldsmith and Megan Mackenzie’s project, An Open Door? Experimental Measurement of Potential Bias in Informal Pathways ...

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Top ranked Australian unis in academic categories revealed

Universities around the world are atwitter over ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, which rates universities’ performance in 44 mostly science-based subjects.  Nine Australian universities placed in the top ten institutions in 14 subjects. They are: Australian National University: #7 in Geography, and ...

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Battle of the brands: which uni has the best marketing?

Campus Review news editor Patrick Avenell was dismayed to see his local bus displaying an advertisement for his alma mater, Australian National University, the top-ranked university in Australia. He thought the ad, and its placement on a humble people-carrier, cheapened the university’s ...

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