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Uni attrition rate stats provoke HESPy reaction

It’s spotlight time for the lengthily-named higher education regulators and advisors, TESQA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and HESP (Higher Education Standards Panel). First, TEQSA released first-year university attrition statistics. Now, HESP is commenting on them, as well as ...

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Student fee changes up for debate

They were a suitably contrarian trio. Professor Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Sophie Johnston, president of the National Union of Students, and Andrew Norton, higher education program director at the Grattan Institute, graced the stage at the ...

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USYD’s brave new humanoid world

China’s largest consumer humanoid robotics company, UBTECH, has partnered with the University of Sydney to establish the UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre. Based at the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the centre is dedicated to research into intelligent ...

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Blended learning is like a green smoothie

University of Western Australia’s pro vice-chancellor (education innovation), professor Gilly Salmon, included a very modern analogy in her EduTECH presentation. “You know when you put vegetables in a blender to make a smoothie, you whiz it up, and it tastes really bad? ...

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Philip Payton, international man of history

Despite his many past achievements, Philip Payton was surprised to be awarded South Australian Historian of the Year by the History Council of South Australia. “You could’ve knocked me over with a feather,” he exclaimed. ANU associate professor of history ...

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