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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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International student group muscles in

All five Sydney-based universities have expressed concern about an international student organisation whose principal representative has made persistent approaches to senior executives as it tries to get a foothold in the post-VSU environment. Senior university staff have reported having had ...

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A third of students at risk of dropping out: survey

A third of Australian and New Zealand undergraduates “seriously consider” leaving their universities before they finish their courses. And that doesn’t include those who’ve already left, according to the latest study on student engagement. Last year’s Australasian Study of Student ...

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Increased university funding a no-brainer: UA

Massive gain for a few years of pain. That’s the scenario for Australia if the government implements Bradley-style increases in university funding, according to ground-breaking economic modelling which predicts the average Australian would be 5.2 per cent better off by ...

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Sustainability expert joins GriffithSciences at UNSW. A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Muecke was most recently at the Free University of Berlin, where he held the position of visiting chair of Australian studies. Prior to that he ...

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Cross-border higher education in the spotlight

The many challenges of globalisation and cross-border cooperation for higher education will be explored in a UNESCO-sponsored conference in Kula Lumpur in October.f London Sir Graeme Davies, secretary-general of the International Association of Universities Eva Egron-Polak, and vice-chancellor of Open ...

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International briefs

US postgraduate applications growing but slowing The rate of increase of international graduate applications to US universities slowed in 2009 for the third year in a row, to 4 per cent, following increases of 6 per cent in 2008, 9 ...

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Research briefs

Inverted chromatin, not carrots, the key to night vision Nocturnal mammals such as mice, cats, deer and lemurs remodel the DNA within their eyes to turn photoreceptor cells into light-collecting lenses, according to an article by scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians University ...

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