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PPP poker: Victoria raises infinity by 123,000

Having already committed itself to a virtually unlimited number of vocational training places, the Victorian Government will now commit to over 100,000 more under a special deal which will see the Victorian Training Guarantee effectively merged with the federal government’s ...

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Universities for the 21st Century

Positive responses by the government to the key recommendations of the Cutler and Bradley reviews are of fundamental importance to the future economic, social and environmental sustainability of our country, says Richard Larkins. 2009 promises to be the most significant ...

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Against the academic workhouse

Managerialism is rife. But now is the time to rebel, says Joseph Gora. About eighteen months ago a newly appointed campus manager with a penchant for order and tidiness directed academic members of my department to move offices – from ...

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Postgraduate qualifications come to VET

Vocational education and training’s status as the poor relation of higher education is being directly challenged by the growth of new postgraduate qualifications offered by some TAFE institutes. The vocational graduate certificate and the vocational graduate diploma align under the ...

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Unexpected impacts of TAFE

How do we know whether TAFE colleges are effective? By John Mitchell. A question raised at the Big Skills Conference in Sydney last week by speakers such as Dr Song-Seng Law, the former director of the award-winning Institute of Technical ...

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NSW signs up to PPP

NSW has signed up for the first time to the Productivity Places Program, with the Commonwealth and state governments jointly committing $620 million to establish 175,000 new training places for unemployed people and workers who want to improve their qualifications. ...

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International briefs

Japan must continue reforms: OECD The OECD has said that even though Japan has made significant progress in modernising its tertiary education system, it must keep the reform process happening. It said current social and economic pressures, including shrinking youth ...

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