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Bootcamp for humanists

Toby Miller spent two weeks retooling with the great and the good of critical theory. It was a blissful experience.   I’ve just emerged from the northern summer seminar in experimental critical theory, described as a boot camp for humanists ...

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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 sound of a crispy chip being eaten

If Nobel Prizes are the most solemn and esteemed of honours for the greatest of great research, then the Ig Nobels tip their cap to its opposite, saluting research which “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”. This ...

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Going for broke

Educational attainment of parents will be used as the indicator of socioeconomic status, but it’s not the whole story, says Trevor Gale.   What level of education did your parents reach? That’s the question the joint DEEWR and Universities Australia ...

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Victoria announces international taskforce members

Victorian skills minister Jacinta Allan last week revealed details of the taskforce that will examine the state’s international education sector. Allan said the taskforce’s findings would feed into the development of an international education strategy, designed to maintain the state’s ...

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Closing the divide

What is needed for TAFE to take its place as a higher education provider, asks Leesa Wheelahan.   TAFE institutes now offer degrees and associate degrees in five states in Australia. We are no longer discussing whether TAFE should offer ...

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Quality concerns escalate

Many providers committed to delivering quality training are concerned about the future direction of VET. Their concerns were brought to the surface recently by the low prices offered per student by the Commonwealth for the Productivity Places Program (PPP). For ...

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The shark and the virgin birth

Scientists have confirmed the second case of a virgin birth in a shark. In a study reported today in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a ...

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Achieving cohesion between yin and yang

In the second and concluding article, Katherine Polkinghorne helps universities negotiate their way around Chinaese-Australian cooperative structures.   As discussed in Campus Review last week, the Chinese education sector is highly regulated and increasingly scrutinised by the Chinese government, particularly ...

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