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Curtin appoints director for energy research centre

Curtin University has appointed Professor Chun-Zhu Li as the director of its new Curtin Centre for Advanced Energy Science and Engineering. He obtained his PhD in chemical engineering in 1993 from Imperial College London. After postdoctoral research in Imperial College ...

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Get ready: demand to explode

In just 30 years time, an additional 460,000 higher education places will be needed to meet demand, forcing dramatic changes to the shape, size and composition of the sector, according to the Group of Eight. Quality compromised for the sake ...

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Astrophysicist honoured for excellence

Physicist and nuclear energy advocate, conjoint Associate Professor Colin Keay, has received the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia. Only five of these awards have been presented in the past 12 years. The ...

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Postgrads stay close to home

Aussies are great adventurers. Ask anyone. No matter which corner of the earth you find yourself, you are likely to cross paths with an Aussie backpacker. The converse is true when it comes to students’ choice of university. It’s common ...

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A unified national system? Get real: Chubb

Ian Chubb, agent provocateur of the higher education system, used his presentation at the National Press Club last Thursday to once again call for research funding to be concentrated in the country’s top universities and to stop spreading it too ...

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Dawkins: the revolution that almost wasn’t

Regrets, he’s had a few. Perhaps the biggest was the failure of his landmark reforms to produce the institutional diversity that the Bradley review is now pursuing, the former federal education minister and treasurer, John Dawkins, revealed during a rare ...

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Stone fairy enchants Canberra, 34 years on

Rededicating a foundation stone in 1974 at the University of Canberra (then Canberra CAE), ex-Prime Minister John Gorton was surprised to find American student and activist Marcia McReynolds hiding under a blanket. With a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words ‘Stone ...

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The ethics of accepting funding contributions

The high moral ground on corporate donations for university research can look unassailable. But Stephen Parker has other ideas.     For nearly 20 years, governments have given the clearest indication that they are not willing to stump up all ...

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TAFEs ask Brumby to overturn advertising restrictions

The Victorian TAFE Association has appealed directly to Premier John Brumby to exempt TAFEs from restrictive advertising and communication approval guidelines recently imposed on the state’s public entities. The seven-stage approval process – which can delay ads, brochures and communication ...

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