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COAG concurs on cohesive regulation and licensing

In a graphic endorsement of cooperative federalism, Australian governments last week agreed to support national regulation of the VET sector – less than two months after education minister Julia Gillard announced the government’s “aspiration” to move to a national system. ...

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Looking for equal footing on uneven ground

A decline in the monopoly on the provision of research and the awarding of degrees, and the competitive pressures of a demand-driven market were looming threats to the survival of non-viable Australian universities. Professor Paul Johnson, vice-chancellor of La Trobe ...

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Bringing the world’s treasures to your desk

The launch last month of the World Digital Library brings a dazzling collection of cultural treasures within everyone’s reach. These range from San rock paintings in South Africa dating back perhaps 6000 years to a photograph of Richard Nixon meeting ...

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National briefs

Bonus extended to postgraduates A one-off $950 Training and Learning Bonus payment will be extended to most postgraduate students. Under existing criteria [[Story code:15-230209]], many postgraduates were deemed ineligible because their taxable income, excluding their Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs), was ...

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International briefs

Women language academics standing still English and foreign language departments in the US promote male associate professors to full professors on average at least a year more speedily than they promote women, according to a new study by the Modern ...

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