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America re-emerging

The US has shown signs of positive growth in international student numbers. Will it knock Australia off its perch, asks Tony Adams.   From time to time, Australian international student recruiters have understandable bouts of paranoia about the competition. Through ...

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Counting the measures

A new report from the UK looks at the impact of league tables on universities. Julie Hare reports.   The name of a new UK report into league tables and their impact on universities is profoundly apt. ‘Counting what is ...

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Postgraduate report card

Before last year’s federal election, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations compiled a short list of its key priorites. Nigel Palmer recaps.   Support for independent student representation The election campaign saw intransigence on the part of the Coalition, a ...

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ATN leaps ahead with employability skills

A voluntary program that embeds employability, leadership and communication skills in PhD graduates should be taken up by all Australian universities. Indeed, this is likely to be one of the recommendations of the Australian Technology Network to the current national ...

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China’s higher transformation

A new study for the first time reveals the full extent of China’s massive transformation of its higher education sector. Julie Hare reports. China’s ascendance as a higher education superpower and the implications globally are the focus of an important ...

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A funding review

Government funding drives behaviour as universities scramble to meet certain indicators. But Conor King advocates a more flexible approach.   It is perhaps too obvious to state that governments and education providers bring quite different assumptions to the creation of ...

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How do you get tenure?

As a tenured academic in the US, Toby Miller is clear about its value and equally clear about the need to protect its status.   Tenure is a real prize in the US academy. Most academic positions are casualised – ...

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Opening up to open source

Researchers, students and administrators all stand to benefit from open source learning and management systems, says Beverley Head.   Open source learning and management systems are again in the spotlight following the release of a Sakai-based online learning environment at ...

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What is really at stake in the war

The tourism and education sectors recently took indiscreet swipes at each other over which sector was of more value to the Australian economy. Neil Leiper says there’s more at stake than just bragging rights.   In February “a massive war ...

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