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A worthwhile public investment

A national internship scheme may be the key to retaining and enhancing Australia’s world-class higher education system, says Glenn Withers. Australia has been remarkably innovative in tertiary education, even though we tend to understate our achievements. Yet from HECS to ...

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10 reasons

There are many reasons why most of us should be cautious about vouchers. By Professor Stephen Parker. The introduction of vouchers in higher education by a Labor government would have major political risks, may lead to an increase in the ...

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VET briefs

02 Feb 09 | Print this story | Send this story to a friend New wiki to share literacy and numeracy insights The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has developed a wiki to generate and share ideas on adult ...

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Attention deficit disorder

In a world of information overflow and attention hyperactivity, maybe we need to focus on, well, focusing, says Anita Roberts. You must have seen the video clip (there’s one http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4), you are asked to count how many passes the white ...

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Market design and contestable funding

The government is going full steam ahead with market design for VET. But the cost of failure is high and the consequences won’t necessarily be known for many years, says Leesa Wheelahan. Education Minister Julia Gillard, in a speech in ...

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Small packages for big skills

Why cumbersome training packages need radical surgery not band-aids. By John Mitchell. New ideas are often destabilising and uncomfortable, so we humans tend to find ways to pay them lip service, while quietly continuing on with the old ways. Possibly ...

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International VET study to break new ground

Vocational education and training is the gun growth sector of the Australian international education industry, attracting over five additional enrolments for every additional enrolment in higher education (CR, 23.09.08). But little is known about the experiences of international VET students ...

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Are VET diplomas the next big thing?

Everyone these days agrees that the economy needs more people with qualifications and that those already with qualifications need to extend their education and training. One element of this is a policy push for an increase in delivery of VET ...

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International briefs

Will India’s higher education surge exclude foreign universities? India’s massive financial commitment to higher education (CR, 27.01.09) should be good news for other countries, including Australia, who are interested in expanding their presence in India. But, as The Parliament, may ...

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AUQA and its critic exchange blows over review

Accusations that AQUA was too close to its own review process which was lacking in dispassionate stakeholder input have been strongly rejected by the agency. Douglas Blackmur, professor in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of ...

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