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Transnational threat to higher education’s gravy train

Australia’s lucrative international education industry could face a stiff challenge from the growing popularity of transnational higher education, according to a recently released study. The 2007 StudentPulse study, a global survey of the perceptions and motivations of prospective international students, ...

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What is really at stake in the war

The tourism and education sectors recently took indiscreet swipes at each other over which sector was of more value to the Australian economy. Neil Leiper says there’s more at stake than just bragging rights.   In February “a massive war ...

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A lost paradise

The time has come for Australia’s universities to reach out to Papua New Guinea’s ailing higher education system, says Allan Patience.   Australia’s universities are introverted institutions. Their hesitancy in reaching out generously to local and international communities limits their ...

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Grants take a preventative slant

The focus of research grants change over time with researchers constantly looking at the trends to help frame their applications. John Ross looks at the latest round of NHMRC grants. That prevention is better than cure is a tried and ...

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Negotiating a research deal

Collaboration is the rage, but universities must be careful when negotiating multi-party research agreements. Kate Rintoul tells how to avoid the pitfalls.   If properly established, multi-party research agreements provide unique opportunities to combine a range of skills, experience and ...

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Digging deep

Data mining can dig up rich information about everything from admitting students most likely to succeed to how to teach them. But universities are slow off the block in embedding it, says Beverley Head.   Until recently, organisations could reliably ...

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NZ-Aust research impact compared

Auckland and Otago universities appear to be the only New Zealand institutions that come close to footing it with Australia’s Group of Eight universities in terms of the impact of their research, an investigation by the NZ education ministry has ...

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The unassuming laureate

Talking about science is a privilege and a pleasure, Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek tells Julie Hare.   Frank Wilczek was naked and dripping wet when he received the phone call that literally changed his life. The call, at 5.11am ...

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HECS loses its way

Is HECS in a bit of a mess? By Professor Bruce Chapman and Kiatanantha Lounkaew.   When the Labor Party lost office in March 1996 it left behind the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). HECS had been introduced in 1989 ...

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