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Do C grade students make the best CEOs, asks Robert Wood. I first saw the quote “C students make the best CEOs” on the t-shirt of a Kellogg MBA student during the recruiting period while I was a visiting professor. ...

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Internationalisation of Australian science

Australia needs to work toward greater integration into the global science effort, writes Kurt Lambeck. The importance of Australia being integrated into international science is obvious to most of us who have worked in science. Without our overseas experience, without ...

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Pure gold: journey to the Olympics

Getting high achievers to the Olympics is never easy and increasingly science is the key to getting athletes onto the podium. Now Australian science faculties are helping young thinkers perform in their own Olympics – the International Science Olympiads. This ...

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The future of the humanities

Practice-led research is changing how we approach humanities research. Now we need to consider what this might mean for ways in which the humanities evolve in universities, says Graeme Harper. Universities in Australia and Britain discuss it regularly, though the ...

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Getting a taste for Sartre and Seneca

Philosophy is popular – very popular – and then reality hits, writes Jeremy Gilling. Philosophy is sexy. It must be given the 400 or so first-year students who cram into lecture theatres at Macquarie University each year. Such popularity is ...

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Learning at the chalkface

Rethinking how we train the teachers of tomorrow. By Darragh O Keeffe. For some time now, there has been concern about the quality of teacher education courses. Wave after wave of reviews on the subject all end up pointing the ...

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Engineering a better experience

Attracting more women into engineering, reducing attrition and building linkages with VET are just some of the challenges facing the discipline, writes Peter Dowd. Engineering, science and technology provide the foundation for the industries that are vital to Australia’s economic ...

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Supply matches demand

Australian universities struggle to supply sufficient engineers to keep the economy growing to its potential. Major nation-building infrastructure projects are hampered by a shortage of engineering skills. Right? Well, perhaps the problem isn’t as severe as it’s widely portrayed, if ...

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