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Come together: an Asian Bologna?

Australia is failing to make significant and sincere connections with higher education in Asia, says Peter Quiddington.   How can universities best serve the national interest? If you put aside the self-serving rhetoric of some university leaders, that it is ...

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Evidence-free policy

The velocity with which the government is heading toward a fully contestable market for VET is breathtaking. Yet Robin Ryan reveals historically there is no evidence to justify the direction.   The Rudd Government has been subject to considerable criticism ...

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OECD slams Australia’s VET system

An OECD team that visited Australia earlier this year to benchmark Australian VET against international standards has reported – and is highly critical of many aspects of this country’s VET system. While the review team says “Australia has a very ...

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Authentic, sustainable leadership

Is there a future for the brilliant, solo, transformative – and mostly male – VET leader?   As the VET sector moves towards an uncertain future, there will be an increased need for effective leadership. But what will be the ...

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Rivalry plummets as women age

Hormonal changes caused by menopause soften the biologically driven rivalry between women. A study published last week reveals that menopause alters the way women judge attractiveness in younger members of the same sex, resulting in a greater preference for feminine ...

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The White Tiger

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Halwai is taken out of school by his family and put to work in ...

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Astroturfing

Despite appearances astroturfing is not a US space program for making Mars more habitable. Instead it takes off from AstroTurf(TM), the artificial grass which came to fame in the 1960s at the Houston Astrodome, when natural grass refused to grow ...

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VSU round 2: it’s union vs uni

With future funding now flagged for student services and amenities, an ideological argument over unionism is giving way to jibes over who best runs student services. Youth minister Kate Ellis announced last week that universities would be allowed to set ...

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Kaplan appointed dean at QUT

Professor Simon Kaplan has been appointed the first executive dean of the new Faculty of Science and Technology at Queensland University of Technology. Kaplan joined QUT in 2004 as the Faculty of Information Technology executive dean. He began his academic ...

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Cox named engineer of the year

Associate Professor Ron Cox from UNSW has collected the Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer of the Year 2008. Cox is director of the Water Research Laboratory, one of the largest water and coastal research facilities in Australia. The ...

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