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UA, Japan unis strengthen ties for research, student mobility

Universities Australia has signed an agreement continuing collaboration with its Japanese counterpart. The Memorandum of Understanding between Universities Australia and Japan Association of National Universities builds on consecutive agreements signed since 1992, and aims to tighten university links between the two nations. ...

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Unis must enhance lifelong learning options: Brungs

One of Australia’s leading vice-chancellors has urged universities to prepare graduates for lifelong learning through more diverse education offerings and a rethinking of traditional study and career timelines. Speaking at the Futureproof Now conference, hosted in Sydney on Wednesday by Campus Review, UTS ...

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Double cochlear implants improve grades: study

A study of primary school students with hearing loss has shown children with double cochlear implants performed much better in exams than kids with only one. The University of Melbourne study measured academic performance of 44 profoundly deaf 8-year-olds across Australia ...

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Only half of psychology studies replicated

An investigation into the reproducibility of results in psychology has found fewer than half of replications produce the same findings as the original study, regardless of the analytic method or criteria. Launched in 2012, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology was an international ...

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Warmer waters to hinder plankton growt

New research has contradicted previous assumptions that warmer waters allow plankton to flourish. An international study, involving researchers from the University of Western Australia, has found although increased carbon dioxide levels would promote growth of the microscopic organism, the associated ...

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Scientists develop slow-melting ice cream

The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past.  British researchers have announced the discovery of an ingredient that makes ice cream melt more slowly. The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps blend the components of ...

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No structure for education spending: Mitchell Institute

A Mitchell Institute analysis of Australia’s expenditure on higher education, vocational education and training, and schools, shows no consistent framework in government spending. Despite calls to government from business, unions and community groups, to improve job prospects and overall workforce ...

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VET course completion rates dip

Completion rates for government-funded VET programs at Certificate I and above have declined slightly, according to fresh data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The NCVER report, The likelihood of completing a government-funded VET program 2009–13, estimated that the ...

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