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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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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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International education robust despite turmoil

Most countries can afford to be optimistic about the prospects for their international education industries despite the turmoil in financial markets, according to IDP research head Melissa Banks. OECD data over the three decades from 1975 shows continuing growth in ...

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Six slip or dive into the red

Six Australian universities didn’t manage to keep their heads above water in 2007, posting deficits ranging from $250,000 to $15.9 million. The University of New South Wales, La Trobe University, Central Queensland University, the University of Western Australia, Batchelor Institute ...

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Monash stakes claim in diversity stakes

If student choice is the new mantra, then Melbourne is a relative cornucopia. Monash is the latest to stake its claim in the diversity stakes, joining Melbourne, Victoria and Swinburne universities in major rethinks of how they structure and offer ...

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CDU trounced at ballot

Charles Darwin University’s gamble at taking a non-union agreement to a vote, was met with a resounding no when it went to a ballot. The result of the count was 599 no votes, 213 yes votes and 60 informal votes, ...

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Money troubles: education can weather the storm

Australia’s international education sector may not only survive, but flourish in the global economic turmoil. By John Ross.   Higher education figures are cautiously – in some cases, keenly – optimistic that the economic crisis won’t torpedo student demand or ...

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International research database reprimed: IDP

IDP Education will refloat the international education research database abandoned late last year by Australian Education International (AEI). IDP Education chief executive Tony Pollock told last week’s Australian International Education Conference in Brisbane that the Database of Research in International ...

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