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Options paper release draws praise

The higher education sector has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s release of an options – or discussion – paper to garner feedback from stakeholders as to the direction of policy. The paper has been referred to as a reset button that ...

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Australian unis’ global reputations falter

Only three Australian universities have been included in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings for World Reputation in 2016. Last year, there were five. Eight institutions from the US, along with the Oxbridge pair, make up the Top 10. The University of ...

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Budget is better, but regions need more: UON VC

Caroline McMillen is the vice-chancellor of the University of Newcastle. As the chief of a regional campus, she has a vested interest in promoting the interests of non-metropolitan Australia, centres that are often overlooked in favour of the bright lights and huge ...

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BUDGET: VET funding declines amid policy vacuum

The 2016–17 federal Budget confirms that Commonwealth investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET) will fall by more than $500 million in 2017–18, when the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform expires. There will also be reductions of $50 million over four years ...

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