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Commercialisation: its role in a post-Cutler world

Innovation review chair Dr Terry Cutler’s report, ‘Venturous Australia’ contains much to please universities – but not their commercialisation specialists. Some have lamented that Cutler made no recommendation for an early stage technology development fund to replace Commercial Ready Plus, ...

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Seize the day

Is a British Council equivalent appropriate for Australia, asks Michael Fay.   The International Education Association of Australia is calling for a new vision for international education and a British Council-style body to drive it (CR, 26.08.08). IEAA is seeking ...

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Not all employers are the same

Geof Hawke argues that our approach to involving employers in education and training hasn’t made enough allowance for the wide variations among employers.   Once again attention is being drawn to the importance of establishing a means by which employers ...

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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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Living in competing knowledge systems

The national apology, as a capstone event in indigenous relations and the history of the nation, has been translated into what is known as the ‘closing the gap’ agenda. Within the strategic dimension of this challenging endeavor, education is a ...

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Body consciousness kicks in early

Young children are picking up a potentially dangerous message that fat is bad and muscle is good before they have even started school, a study of Australian preschoolers has revealed. Little girls are becoming weight conscious and boys want more ...

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