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Think big: it’s the business

Corporate Australia has caught on to the fact that philosophy graduates bring critical thinking to thorny ethical and analytical problems. Jeremy Gilling reports.   Whether postmodernism, cultural criticism and other relativist dogmas are to blame for the demise of the ...

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Not all employers are the same

Geof Hawke argues that our approach to involving employers in education and training hasn’t made enough allowance for the wide variations among employers.   Once again attention is being drawn to the importance of establishing a means by which employers ...

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VET governance congested: Skills Australia

Australia’s VET system is bogged down by a multiplicity of authorities which have passed their use-by dates, Skills Australia suggests in a discussion paper on future governance of the national VET system. The “extensive array of advisory and regulatory bodies ...

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Boss behaviour belongs in animal kingdom

The average male corporate boss might not beat his chest, but a new report claims the evolutionary signs of managers marking out their territory are everywhere. Researchers revealed how everything from the pink shirt under their power suit to the ...

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Portfolios of choice

There comes a time when an institution has to play the role of early adopter and encourage change in student behaviour. In the case of ePortfolios, only one Australian university – QUT – has stepped into the breach, offering each ...

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Cohesion between yin and yang

How universities can negotiate their way around Chinese-Australian cooperative education structures, by Katherine Polkinghorne.   Education in China is currently in a boom phase, with Chinese universities investing large amounts into the promotion of courses, research and development. Australian educational ...

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The export that keeps on giving

International education may be the undisputed heavyweight of Australia’s export service industries, netting $13.7 billion last financial year alone. But earnings even of this magnitude could be dwarfed by the industry’s flow-on benefits, according to new research commissioned by IDP ...

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