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Applications up, as the work-wary seek refuge

Australia may have reached the end of a decade-long trend of school leavers leaning towards jobs instead of education and training, according to preliminary 2009 undergraduate application data released this month by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ...

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National briefs

Sector saddened by losses The higher education sector was saddened last week with news of the death of former AVCC CEO John Mullarvey. Tributes poured in from many who had worked with him over the years, among them Group of ...

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Proving its worth

The LTPF is changing behaviours – for the better, says Marcia Devlin. The annual scramble in the offices of DVC (A)s and university planning units around the country to try to predict each university’s performance on the basis of raw ...

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Across the divide

Should VET be a feeder to higher education? Indeed yes, says Leesa Wheelahan. Should one of the primary roles of vocational education and training be to prepare students for higher education? The Bradley review says no, because this would distort ...

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Universities in an emerging context

The Bradley review shakes up higher education policy but the report affirms the importance of universities and higher education as a long-term investment, says Peter Coaldrake. The rise of non-university providers has been one of the more remarkable changes in ...

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Talk about a revolution

Intro, intro intro etc says Peter Quiddington. While there are many good things contained in the Bradley review of higher education, it is not about to deliver a revolution that will reverse the declining fortunes of Australia’s intellectual assets. The ...

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Standardised assessment for VET

What are the benefits of VET students sitting for the same national test, asks John Mitchell. In recent years, some in the VET sector have watched with interest the highly publicised push by the government for national testing in schools. ...

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Another ATC thrown a lifeline

Another Australian technical college, this time at Geelong, has had its future assured following an announcement by education minister Julia Gillard that it will become a technical education centre of the Gordon Institute of TAFE. Geelong TEC will offer c ...

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International news briefs

Fiji threatens tighter regulation of international higher education providers The Fijian government has flagged measures to regulate the country’s burgeoning higher education sector amid concerns that a flooding of the sector by interational higher education providers is imminent. “These [overseas ...

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