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ATCs kick on – and so do the politics

The future of three of the 24 controversial Australian technical colleges (ATCs) was revealed early last week, with colleges in western Sydney, northern Adelaide and the NSW mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie to survive as vocationally focused non-government senior ...

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Gathering Moss: ACPET replaces chair

There is a changing of the guard at the Australian Council for Private Education and Training which has replaced its chair of four years, Julie Moss. Larry Davies, CEO of Directions, a West Australian organisation which specialises in providing career ...

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No legislation, but jobs on offer regardless

The Tasmanian Greens last week described as “surreal” a TAFE Tasmania letter issued to staff that informed them of “possible assignments” to the Tasmanian polytechnic which is due to commence in January. Legislation to establish the Tasmania Tomorrow plan, which ...

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Industry passion for TAFE

At the recent ACPET annual conference in Hobart, a respected keynote speaker from Tasmania declared his lack of passion for the TAFE brand and organisation. While TAFE is soon to be dissolved on the Apple Isle, across the Tasman there ...

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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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Crossing the border, but keeping on track

International engagement has been an important aspect of the Australian higher education sector for many decades. Australian universities have enhanced the international dimension of teaching and research, welcomed international staff and students to our campuses, facilitated the international experience of ...

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The future of university finance

A deregulated, student-centred system is not only equitable; it drives quality in institutions, says Steven Schwartz. Rumour has it the Bradley review will open the door to student-centred funding of universities (CR, 09.09.08). As a long-term supporter of giving students ...

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Regional communities need strong universities

A fully competitive higher education sector would destroy the fabric and viability of regional universities, says Garry Carnegie.   Regional universities in Australia are key generators of intellectual and social capital in areas outside the major capital cities, and drive ...

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An argument for randomness

Course selection procedures which give low-SES students a much higher chance of entry could help solve one of the chief equity issues, says Conor King. The challenge of addressing the social imbalance of university entrants is an issue that is ...

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