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Will that be noodles or spaghetti with your Bologna?

Ten south-east Asian countries will attempt to harmonise their higher education systems by 2015, along the lines of the European Union’s Bologna process. The move, which could have significant consequences for the Australian international education sector, is ambitious given the ...

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Evidence-free policy

The velocity with which the government is heading toward a fully contestable market for VET is breathtaking. Yet Robin Ryan reveals historically there is no evidence to justify the direction.   The Rudd Government has been subject to considerable criticism ...

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OECD slams Australia’s VET system

An OECD team that visited Australia earlier this year to benchmark Australian VET against international standards has reported – and is highly critical of many aspects of this country’s VET system. While the review team says “Australia has a very ...

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Authentic, sustainable leadership

Is there a future for the brilliant, solo, transformative - and mostly male - VET leader?   As the VET sector moves towards an uncertain future, there will be an increased need for effective leadership. But what will be the ...

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Rivalry plummets as women age

Hormonal changes caused by menopause soften the biologically driven rivalry between women. A study published last week reveals that menopause alters the way women judge attractiveness in younger members of the same sex, resulting in a greater preference for feminine ...

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The White Tiger

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Halwai is taken out of school by his family and put to work in ...

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Astroturfing

Despite appearances astroturfing is not a US space program for making Mars more habitable. Instead it takes off from AstroTurf(TM), the artificial grass which came to fame in the 1960s at the Houston Astrodome, when natural grass refused to grow ...

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Biochemist the new UTS dean of science

Professor Bruce Milthorpe has commenced as dean of science at UTS. A former head of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW and deputy president (academic) of UNSW Asia, Milthorpe has been involved in biomaterials development and assessment for ...

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Torbay appointed UNE chancellor-elect

Richard Torbay, speaker of the NSW Lower House, has been appointed chancellor-elect, taking effect at the end of current chancellor John Cassidy’s term on 11 December. Awarded an honorary doctorate in 2007, Torbay has had a long association with UNE. ...

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Fitzgerald joins ACU National

Historian, social and political commentator, writer and broadcaster Professor Ross Fitzgerald has joined ACU National as a part-time professorial fellow within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fitzgerald’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, span subjects as diverse as ageing, the ...

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