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New age dawns

University IT systems are being brought into a holistic centre, says Beverly Head.   By the end of the year Queensland University of Technology expects to have its new student and academic management system (SAMS) running live – a major ...

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Life of the city

Inner city universities play a dynamic role in their cities, and it’s about buildings as well as people. Julie Hare reports.   Just a couple of kilometres from the sparkling, harbour end of Sydney’s George Street, the University of Technology’s ...

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Wellness & retention

Attracting and retaining IT staff is a considerable challenge for universities, but UniSA has found a creative solution, says Beverley Head.   Skills have once again been voted the number one challenge facing IT directors in Australia’s universities. Chief information ...

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JASON: an online odyssey

First there was the hero from Greek mythology who with his crew of Argonauts went in quest of the Golden Fleece. Then, for those old enough to remember, there was the hugely popular ABC Radio children’s program, Jason and the ...

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Scholarship makes medicine a reality

A young indigenous student who “never thought for a minute that I would be able to study medicine” has won the 2008 Australian Medical Association Indigenous People’s Medical Scholarship to study medicine at UWA. Gemma Johnston, 21, will receive $9000 ...

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Rosy picture for international enrolments

AEI data shows healthy trends for higher education, ELICOS and schools, but Tony Adams says a spike in VET enrolments is cause for alarm.   The March year to date AEI international commencing and enrolling figures have now been released ...

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Searching & reaching

Search and reach are emerging as the twin pillars of modern information systems, says Beverley Head.   Thanks largely to Google and mobile phones, people increasingly expect instant access to information from anywhere and at any time. Andrew McAfee, associate ...

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UWA and intellectual property

What rights do universities have when staff make inventions? A new case may have changed the landscape. By Mitzi Gilligan, Kylie Diwell, Nicole Reid and Geraldine Farrell.   A recent Federal Court decision is of particular significance to universities because ...

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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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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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