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Make teacher quality a main priority

Universities that perform better in research do not necessarily provide better teaching, a new report by the Grattan Institute argues.   The report, taking university teaching seriously, says that as higher education enrolments increase, much more attention needs to be ...

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Can students get the complete package?

  Qualification completion rates vary widely by education sectors and industries. So how do we support these students? By Susan Hartigan Many educators measure the success of their offered qualifications by their rate of course completion. Qualification completion is an important ...

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Female students drawn to UNSW engineering

Men still dominate in the field of engineering, with women making up only 15.8 per cent of enrolments in engineering courses at Australian universities in 2010, says the latest Engineers Australia report. However, there are signs that more women are ...

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If the hard hat fits

Forget the stereotypes. Women are an increasing force in the university engineering ranks across Australia. They are still outnumbered almost 10 to one by their male counterparts but the winds of change are blowing. “There is an increasing recognition that ...

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Schoolgirls get hands-on experience

You have to break things to find out how they are built, the manager of safer roads performance at Transport NSW, Delilah Marta, told a group of teenagers at the annual Women in Engineering Summit at the University of Wollongong. ...

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The art of imitation

  Quality placements for student teachers are vital components of all education degrees but they are currently underfunded and poorly structured. The lack of incentives for experienced teachers to supervise students on placement makes it increasingly difficult for universities to ...

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Heads in the cloud

With speculation about the death of the traditional laptop, mobile and cloud computing are undoubtedly the hottest topics in the world of information technology from the view point of industry and university IT departments alike. Mobility and personal devices  made ...

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Nursing programs go online as research blossoms

The future of university nursing programs will give students the flexibility to study online, fast-track their way to registration and get involved in research early on in their studies. Pending accreditation, the University of Southern Queensland plans to introduce a ...

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