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The sound of a crispy chip being eaten

If Nobel Prizes are the most solemn and esteemed of honours for the greatest of great research, then the Ig Nobels tip their cap to its opposite, saluting research which “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”. This ...

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Going for broke

Educational attainment of parents will be used as the indicator of socioeconomic status, but it’s not the whole story, says Trevor Gale.   What level of education did your parents reach? That’s the question the joint DEEWR and Universities Australia ...

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Victoria announces international taskforce members

Victorian skills minister Jacinta Allan last week revealed details of the taskforce that will examine the state’s international education sector. Allan said the taskforce’s findings would feed into the development of an international education strategy, designed to maintain the state’s ...

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Closing the divide

What is needed for TAFE to take its place as a higher education provider, asks Leesa Wheelahan.   TAFE institutes now offer degrees and associate degrees in five states in Australia. We are no longer discussing whether TAFE should offer ...

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Quality concerns escalate

Many providers committed to delivering quality training are concerned about the future direction of VET. Their concerns were brought to the surface recently by the low prices offered per student by the Commonwealth for the Productivity Places Program (PPP). For ...

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The shark and the virgin birth

Scientists have confirmed the second case of a virgin birth in a shark. In a study reported today in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a ...

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Achieving cohesion between yin and yang

In the second and concluding article, Katherine Polkinghorne helps universities negotiate their way around Chinaese-Australian cooperative structures.   As discussed in Campus Review last week, the Chinese education sector is highly regulated and increasingly scrutinised by the Chinese government, particularly ...

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International education robust despite turmoil

Most countries can afford to be optimistic about the prospects for their international education industries despite the turmoil in financial markets, according to IDP research head Melissa Banks. OECD data over the three decades from 1975 shows continuing growth in ...

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Six slip or dive into the red

Six Australian universities didn’t manage to keep their heads above water in 2007, posting deficits ranging from $250,000 to $15.9 million. The University of New South Wales, La Trobe University, Central Queensland University, the University of Western Australia, Batchelor Institute ...

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Monash stakes claim in diversity stakes

If student choice is the new mantra, then Melbourne is a relative cornucopia. Monash is the latest to stake its claim in the diversity stakes, joining Melbourne, Victoria and Swinburne universities in major rethinks of how they structure and offer ...

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