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CDU trounced at ballot

Charles Darwin University’s gamble at taking a non-union agreement to a vote, was met with a resounding no when it went to a ballot. The result of the count was 599 no votes, 213 yes votes and 60 informal votes, ...

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Money troubles: education can weather the storm

Australia’s international education sector may not only survive, but flourish in the global economic turmoil. By John Ross.   Higher education figures are cautiously – in some cases, keenly – optimistic that the economic crisis won’t torpedo student demand or ...

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International research database reprimed: IDP

IDP Education will refloat the international education research database abandoned late last year by Australian Education International (AEI). IDP Education chief executive Tony Pollock told last week’s Australian International Education Conference in Brisbane that the Database of Research in International ...

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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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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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