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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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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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The export that keeps on giving

International education may be the undisputed heavyweight of Australia’s export service industries, netting $13.7 billion last financial year alone. But earnings even of this magnitude could be dwarfed by the industry’s flow-on benefits, according to new research commissioned by IDP ...

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Education more than just great trade: Mortimer

The recent Review of Export Policies and Programs has significant implications for the post-secondary education sector, even though none of its 73 recommendations specifically refer to it. However, with a central theme of expanding Australia’s productive potential while removing the ...

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Nobel largesse: odds on winners

There are those who place a $2 each way bet once a year on the Melbourne Cup and others who lose the family home at the casino. But betting on the Nobel Prize – which plenty of online sites allow ...

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