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Tzannes appointed UNSW dean

Award-winning architect Alec Tzannes has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Founder of the high profile Sydney architectural practice Tzannes Associates, Tzannes has won numerous national ...

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Training our way out of trouble

Vocational training has assumed a central role in the federal government’s economic crisis response, with $187 million of the budget surplus allocated to create yet another 56,000 training places and elevate the investment in the Productivity Places Program to $2 ...

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Meeting the needs?

The federal government takes every opportunity to talk up its Productivity Places Program (PPP). “In just over six months, more than 53,000 jobseekers have enrolled in the program, with 43,200 in training and over 11,000 having completed training,” education minister ...

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National training system disconnected

Are there alternatives to training packages for remote indigenous communities? Many VET leaders are preoccupied with two looming challenges: preparing for contestable funding and anticipating the implications for VET from the Bradley review of higher education. For Aaron Devine, Charles ...

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Noshing down at the Nobels

On 10 December each year, Stockholm City Hall transforms into the venue of a lavish dinner in honour of that year’s Nobel Prize laureates. With military precision, 1300 guests are waited on by 200 waiters, with five people employed just ...

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Trickle-up theory goes down the drain

The trickle up theory – that an increasing number of women undertaking PhDs and entering academia would ultimately result in more in higher level positions – has not eventuated. And despite progressive and generous maternity leave provisions, universities are witnessing ...

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Complement the compacts: Go8

Mission-based compacts should have a complementary rather than a central funding role, the Group of Eight believes, with their main functions to encourage community engagement and knowledge transfer and to broaden access to higher education. The Go8 wants to see ...

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Top 20 make Australia number 3

Australia has the third-best university system in the world, after the US and UK. Or at least that is the claim of Quacquerelli Symonds, the company that runs the THE-QS international rankings of universities. After five years rating individual universities, ...

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Australia’s education globally competitive

Australia’s education system ranks ninth in the world according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009, released earlier this month by the World Economic Forum. The report found Australia’s education system was well suited to meet the needs of a competitive ...

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225 staff to go at VU

A total of 225 staff will be made redundant at Victoria University over the next six months in what has been described as “the largest proportionate redundancy program in Australian higher education history”. Savings of $27 million will be made ...

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