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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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Research briefs

Green tea, mushrooms cut breast cancer risk Chinese women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea significantly cut their risk of breast cancer and the severity of the cancer in those who did develop it. Min Zhang, from the University ...

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Professor Punt

Welcome to the first round of Professor Punt for 2009. In reality, Professor Punt is Stephen Clarke, professor of sports statistics at Swinburne University. Due to our publishing deadlines, our tips are a week ahead.

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UCL sets up shop in Adelaide

Adelaide’s bid to become the “Boston of the southern hemisphere” took a big step forward last week with the official opening of University College London’s first offshore campus. The UCL School of Energy and Resources Australia will specialise in the ...

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Batchelor heads off going into the red

Batchelor Institute has sought federal and territory assistance to help resolve its worsening financial situation. Chancellor Yvonne Cadet-James told Campus Review that while the institution was not yet in the red, if immediate action was not taken, the situation was ...

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Give international education its own minister

Australia needs a minister for international education to give its third-biggest export industry some Cabinet-level coordination and clout, according to the founding president of the International Education Association of Australia, Professor Tony Adams. Adams, now a consultant, told last week’s ...

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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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