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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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VET governance congested: Skills Australia

Australia’s VET system is bogged down by a multiplicity of authorities which have passed their use-by dates, Skills Australia suggests in a discussion paper on future governance of the national VET system. The “extensive array of advisory and regulatory bodies ...

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Boss behaviour belongs in animal kingdom

The average male corporate boss might not beat his chest, but a new report claims the evolutionary signs of managers marking out their territory are everywhere. Researchers revealed how everything from the pink shirt under their power suit to the ...

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Portfolios of choice

There comes a time when an institution has to play the role of early adopter and encourage change in student behaviour. In the case of ePortfolios, only one Australian university – QUT – has stepped into the breach, offering each ...

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Cohesion between yin and yang

How universities can negotiate their way around Chinese-Australian cooperative education structures, by Katherine Polkinghorne.   Education in China is currently in a boom phase, with Chinese universities investing large amounts into the promotion of courses, research and development. Australian educational ...

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