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Letter from Japan

David Carter elicited some profound responses from his students in Tokyo on questions of national identity and landscape.   In a system where courses with half a dozen enrolments are considered quite respectable, I was almost patriotically happy to have ...

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Belonging to the magic quadrant

SunGard Higher Education, which set up its Australian operations a year ago, currently holds a slice of prime technology real estate – it’s got the top slot in Gartner’s “magic quadrant”. The magic quadrant is a device created by the ...

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In for a penny, in for a pound

It’s not often that the words enterprising and academic go together. But a UK university has so successfully turned the idea of academic enterprise into a wealth-creating, partnership-forming reality, it is redefining community engagement in the process. Academic enterprise is ...

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Credit where credit’s due

Creating global pathways should not be beyond our capability, says Tony Adams.   One of the more intractable issues that have confronted international education, and for that matter domestic education, has been the attitudes of many universities and academics to ...

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Prospering in the valley of death

Western Australians nursing retirement nest eggs are helping incubate spin-off companies in their most embryonic form, with an industry superannuation fund bankrolling the latest scheme to provide pre-seed funding for university commercialisation projects. The $3 billion Western Australia-based superannuation fund ...

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Ins and outs of money laundering laws

While not written with universities in mind, new money laundering laws will have an impact, say Jennifer Barton and Pamela Madafiglio.   While universities may not be subject to any additional regulation under the Commonwealth’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing ...

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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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