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Indigenous school retention gives rise to hope

A marked improvement in indigenous Year 12 retention rates, revealed in an Australian Bureau of Statistics report, is seen as a good sign for indigenous participation in higher education. But equity experts warn that the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous ...

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Access Economics’ survival strategy: play it safe

Australian education administrators will need to be both cautious and flexible to weather the global financial storm, according to an Access Economics presentation to last week’s International Education Roundtable in Canberra. Access Economics macroeconomist Chris Richardson told the roundtable that ...

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National briefs

Carr injects $83 million into high-tech start-up companies Federal industry and innovation minister Kim Carr last week announced the establishment of a new $83 million fund to help cash-starved technology companies. The Innovation Investment Follow-on Fund will be offered to ...

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Big note community colleges

<<<Do community colleges deserve $100m funding for infrastructure, asks John Mitchell.<<< Last December, the education minister Julia Gillard unexpectedly announced a stimulus package of $500 million for training infrastructure. The allocation of 80 per cent of the funds to TAFE ...

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VET briefs

Workers retraining confirmed by Seek A leading employment index shows Australians are looking to improve their skills to become more competitive in the softening job market. The latest Seek Employment Index (SEI), which measures the ratio of new job ads ...

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A matter of degrees

UK students are wondering why they should stay home when they can study overseas where the sun shines for lower fees. By Steve McCormack. As the British emerge from a long, cold winter, it’s not difficult to understand why thousands ...

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International briefs

Canada doubles international students in 10 years The Canadian government has said that last year’s intake of 80,0000 international students represented an almost doubling of the figures for a decade earlier. Embassy* magazine reported that international student recruitment numbers jumped ...

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NZ merger would transform minnow

Lincoln, New Zealand’s smallest university, would nearly triple its staff numbers and annual income if a surprise proposal for a merger with the largest Crown research institute, AgResearch, goes ahead. The merger has been touted as creating a university that ...

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