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Competition grows in international student market

Australia in one of only seven countries in the world with more than 100,000 international students on its shores, but the tertiary education sector can’t be complacent. Dr Daniel Edwards, senior research fellow at the Australian Educational Research (ACER), issued this ...

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Perkins goes to work for regional unis

Dr Caroline Perkins keeps a mental list of the “great initiatives” that help regional universities stay competitive with their metropolitan counterparts. On it are things like the Collaborative Research Networks program, the Structural Adjustment Fund, and regional loading.  So it’s little ...

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What Gonksi means for higher ed

David Gonski and Denise Bradley need to talk. That might be the best way to sum up comments by university educators when asked for responses to Gonski’s landmark Review of Funding for Schooling. Released last week, the report contains the first ...

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TEQSA queried on UQ irregularity

A student admissions controversy at the University of Queensland reached Federal Parliament last week, with the opposition seeking information directly from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The national regulator, which began its duties on January 29, told ...

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VET pushes for post-study work rights

Post-study work rights for international students at Australian universities must be extended to VET, say the sector’s peak bodies. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) and TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) say new post-study visa arrangements, which came into ...

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Uni e-presses attack Adler plan

University e-presses have hit out at a proposal to create a new centralised network, saying it is elitist and out of step with the academic publishing industry. A national university press network is one of 21 major recommendations made late ...

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Private providers at the big table

Private educators still hanker for the same respect as those in the public system, but they have arguably gained a lot of ground since 1992. That’s the year governments recognised the value of a market-based approach to vocational education and ...

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TEQSA assumes full powers

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) can now bring its full powers to bear on the sector, but its chief commissioner says wielding a big stick is not the goal. TEQSA assumed its full regulatory functions on January ...

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Apprenticeship must change:study

Apprenticeships should focus on a fair deal and recruit only the most suitable workers and employers, according to new research on why the system is failing in New South Wales. Undertaken for the NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training, ...

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Crime commission to probe UQ more closely

Fresh scrutiny of the University of Queensland by the state Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) could finally reveal the details of a nepotism scandal that claimed UQ’s top two executives late last year. The CMC has announced an independent examination ...

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