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Living in competing knowledge systems

The national apology, as a capstone event in indigenous relations and the history of the nation, has been translated into what is known as the ‘closing the gap’ agenda. Within the strategic dimension of this challenging endeavor, education is a ...

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Body consciousness kicks in early

Young children are picking up a potentially dangerous message that fat is bad and muscle is good before they have even started school, a study of Australian preschoolers has revealed. Little girls are becoming weight conscious and boys want more ...

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Reviewing IT in higher education

The higher education review has been told of a massive gap between supply and demand for ICT graduates, says Beverley Head. There are around 176,000 information and communications technology (ICT) professionals and 42,000 managers currently employed in Australia, according to ...

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Collaborate, or else: Cutler

Collaboration is a bit like world peace. It’s hard to argue against. Even competition advocates think collaboration is a good idea. Innovation review chair Dr Terry Cutler’s report, ‘Venturous Australia’, is big on collaboration. One of Cutler’s 72 recommendations was ...

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Media savvy and ambassadorial: the fellows of the future

Federal cabinet should consider establishing an innovation sub-committee and the government should appoint successful expatriate researchers to be “innovation ambassadors”, according to the National Academies Forum. Higher degree research training should be extended to cover media and communication skills, and ...

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Many ways to skin the IT cat

Universities have responded to falling IT enrolments in a range of innovative ways, reports Jeremy Gilling. Among those who are cautiously optimistic that Australian universities are starting to witness an upswing in ICT enrolments are Michael Blumenstein and Paul Bailes. ...

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Canada takes internationalisation lead

When innovation minister Kim Carr announced earlier this year that Australian Research Council grants would be progressively opened to international applicants, starting with the Future Fellowships grants for mid-career researchers, he noted that Australia is only doing “what our competitor ...

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The master apprentice

Mature age apprentices: are they an economic necessity, a societal need or both, asks Stephen Billett. As governments and industry struggle with the implications of skill shortages, an ageing workforce and the looming reduction of new workplace entrants, mature age ...

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