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Unis to be free from foreign influence laws

The government has watered down its proposed anti-foreign spy legislation after universities claimed overreach. The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill initially arguably hampered the ability of researchers to collaborate with overseas counterparts by requiring registration of these partnerships. If Australian researchers failed ...

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Over $3 billion for skills done and dusted

There are still butchers and bakers a plenty. Vehicle painters, however, have mostly replaced candlestick makers. And there will likely soon be more of them, thanks to a new agreement. The government’s $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund, which will deliver 300,000 new apprenticeships over ...

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Birmo’s message for EduTECH 2018

Fittingly, at the largest education event in the southern hemisphere, the foremost antipodean education official spoke. Simon Birmingham used his address to the vast EduTECH crowd to celebrate the education reforms of the past year. Yet while the Education Minister mainly ...

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The best get even better: QS rankings

It may not matter for graduate salaries, but for reputation, rankings are king. So, the Group of Eight (Go8) will be chuffed to see that they have not only maintained their excellence in the latest global ratings; they have enhanced it. ...

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News flash: we’re not that innovative

A global news agency holds our universities in high research esteem, but not as high as those from South Korea, Japan and China. Monash University – the top Australian institution to place in the Reuters 2018 ranking of the Asia Pacific’s ...

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TEQSA to assess student wellbeing

For the first time, higher education providers will be assessed for registration renewal purposes on their provision of student support services. The additional standards, which came into effect in 2017, were largely a response to the Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual harassment ...

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England forges ahead with uni commercialisation

Amid the global, pre-Royal Wedding fervour, the English government made significant higher education reforms. First, on 1 January this year, it founded the Office for Students (OfS): a new university watchdog. Then, in mid-February, it announced the “biggest shake-up to higher ...

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Unis discreetly collaborating with Facebook

Some 30 American universities have partnered with Facebook, yet most are keeping schtum on the details. By consulting with Facebook, Washington, D.C.-based publication Inside Higher Ed uncovered that the institutions have signed up to its Sponsored Academic Research Agreement. Beginning in late 2016, 17 institutions joined ...

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Student researchers demand payment for work

New statistics show the most research-intensive group is postgraduate research students. So, they want to be paid for it. According to ABS figures released last week, 57 per cent of hours spent on research in Australia are performed by postgraduate students. ...

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