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The role of universities in knowledge-based society

Governments, students, industry and now philanthropists and benefactors all fund universities. So just how far can diversity in contemporary university roles be explained by differing sources of revenue, asks Malcolm Gillies.     The current global crisis, as it spreads ...

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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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High qualifications insurance in hard times

Too much training is taking place in lower level qualifications, and there are compelling reasons why this should shift upwards, says Peter Kell.   The origins of the global economic crisis lie in the low-wage and low-skills economy that has ...

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Beyond the doom and gloom

HASS PhD students have a history of non-completion, dissatisfaction and alienation. But things are changing, says Denise Cuthbert.   In late 2007, the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) convened a teleconference involving leading players in doctoral education ...

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Tzannes appointed UNSW dean

Award-winning architect Alec Tzannes has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Founder of the high profile Sydney architectural practice Tzannes Associates, Tzannes has won numerous national ...

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Humanities honour goes to UNSW media researcher

Associate Professor Kate Crawford has been awarded the Max Crawford Medal, which is presented biennially by the Australian Academy of the Humanities to an Australian-based, early-career humanities scholar. The award recognises high-quality academic research that contributes to a deeper understanding ...

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VTEC director for Curtin in Kalgoorlie

Curtin University of Technology has appointed Lynette Farrell as the new director of the Curtin Vocational Training and Education Centre (VTEC) in Kalgoorlie. Prior to joining Curtin, Farrell was general manager of organisational services at Swan TAFE and has also ...

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