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Demand up as economy stumbles

Demand for 2009 university places across Australia is up, with the biggest increases in Victoria at 6.5 per cent and NSW at 5.1 per cent. WA has increased demand of 4.3 per cent, while SA’s demand is up by 2.3 ...

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A tale of two unis

  One city, two universities. Both are set to embark on redundancy programs, which will shed around 200 academic and general positions. One is being pilloried in the press and hammered by the union; the other is gliding through relatively ...

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The role of universities in knowledge-based society

Governments, students, industry and now philanthropists and benefactors all fund universities. So just how far can diversity in contemporary university roles be explained by differing sources of revenue, asks Malcolm Gillies.     The current global crisis, as it spreads ...

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Feed the world

While the challenges facing the agriculture industry are not unique, they deserve special attention. Jeremy Gilling reports.   The problems confronting agriculture as a discipline and a vocation are familiar to other professional areas. The workforce is ageing – the ...

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The ethics of accepting funding contributions

The high moral ground on corporate donations for university research can look unassailable. But Stephen Parker has other ideas.     For nearly 20 years, governments have given the clearest indication that they are not willing to stump up all ...

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TAFEs ask Brumby to overturn advertising restrictions

The Victorian TAFE Association has appealed directly to Premier John Brumby to exempt TAFEs from restrictive advertising and communication approval guidelines recently imposed on the state’s public entities. The seven-stage approval process – which can delay ads, brochures and communication ...

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High qualifications insurance in hard times

Too much training is taking place in lower level qualifications, and there are compelling reasons why this should shift upwards, says Peter Kell.   The origins of the global economic crisis lie in the low-wage and low-skills economy that has ...

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Beyond the doom and gloom

HASS PhD students have a history of non-completion, dissatisfaction and alienation. But things are changing, says Denise Cuthbert.   In late 2007, the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) convened a teleconference involving leading players in doctoral education ...

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