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University teaching needs executive commitment

Senior executives in universities ought to allocate resources for the improvement and enhancement of teaching and learning as part of the planning and budget cycle. This is one of the approaches needed to overcome significant challenges faced by university leaderships in ...

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ANU professor wrong on Burma drugs, says UN

A United Nations representative has dismissed a claim by ANU professor Des Ball that a major factor in the growth of opium cultivation in Burma has been ceasefire deals struck between the military government and armed ethnic groups. The regional ...

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Perth TAFE’s YouTube video worth a million

It’s not for the faint-hearted, but there’s definitely a reason why a video advertising Perth’s Central Institute of Technology has almost two million views on YouTube. Yes – almost two million. 1,916,460 to be exact, as of the afternoon of March ...

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Group of Eight call for research funding change

The Group of Eight universities dominate Australian research activity, support and commercialisation but the organisation says that under current government policy they may not be able to compete internationally in future. The Go8 policy note titled "Research Performance of Australian Universities", ...

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Union joins ‘white coat’ revolution

The peak union for academic staff in Australia has joined a global campaign against Elsevier, one of the world’s largest publishers of academic papers. Elsevier has been criticised for business practices which keep information out of the public domain and a ...

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Education in the digital blender

The digital age will help everyone learn more, everywhere writes Jennifer Bennett. Online and blended learning offer the opportunity to attend university to more people than ever before, while upending notions of what a university actually is.  Two of Australia’s ...

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Grim prospects push PhDs to quit academy

Research suggests that in the US  the PhD could symbolise the end and not the beginning of an academic career and for some in Australia this was becoming the case, a conference in Sydney has been told In a presentation ...

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