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TAFEs ask Brumby to overturn advertising restrictions

The Victorian TAFE Association has appealed directly to Premier John Brumby to exempt TAFEs from restrictive advertising and communication approval guidelines recently imposed on the state’s public entities. The seven-stage approval process – which can delay ads, brochures and communication ...

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What’s up, doc?

In 2005, Professor Terry Evans stood up in front of a room full of professional doctorate students from Deakin University and delivered a presentation titled: ‘Why do a prof doc when you can do a PhD?’ It wasn’t tongue in ...

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The art of writing: why PhDs need help

Efforts to improve the quality and rate of academic writing by doctoral students are “sporadic and ad hoc”. Furthermore, low publication rates have implications not only for individual careers but more broadly as universities are increasingly held accountable for the ...

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Doctoral education put through the policy wringer

Pressures on doctoral programs from economic and public policy directions have seen substantial changes in recent years, for both better and worse. Jeremy Gilling reports.   A contradiction is emerging between new research imperatives that drive an innovative economy and ...

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Minds for the future

We need to develop and nurture a new way of understanding generic competencies, says Larry Smith.   It is now more than 15 years ago that I participated in a national committee, chaired by Eric Mayer, to develop a set ...

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Training our way out of trouble

Vocational training has assumed a central role in the federal government’s economic crisis response, with $187 million of the budget surplus allocated to create yet another 56,000 training places and elevate the investment in the Productivity Places Program to $2 ...

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Meeting the needs?

The federal government takes every opportunity to talk up its Productivity Places Program (PPP). “In just over six months, more than 53,000 jobseekers have enrolled in the program, with 43,200 in training and over 11,000 having completed training,” education minister ...

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National training system disconnected

Are there alternatives to training packages for remote indigenous communities? Many VET leaders are preoccupied with two looming challenges: preparing for contestable funding and anticipating the implications for VET from the Bradley review of higher education. For Aaron Devine, Charles ...

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Noshing down at the Nobels

On 10 December each year, Stockholm City Hall transforms into the venue of a lavish dinner in honour of that year’s Nobel Prize laureates. With military precision, 1300 guests are waited on by 200 waiters, with five people employed just ...

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