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Postgraduate report card

Before last year’s federal election, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations compiled a short list of its key priorites. Nigel Palmer recaps.   Support for independent student representation The election campaign saw intransigence on the part of the Coalition, a ...

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ATN leaps ahead with employability skills

A voluntary program that embeds employability, leadership and communication skills in PhD graduates should be taken up by all Australian universities. Indeed, this is likely to be one of the recommendations of the Australian Technology Network to the current national ...

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China’s higher transformation

A new study for the first time reveals the full extent of China’s massive transformation of its higher education sector. Julie Hare reports. China’s ascendance as a higher education superpower and the implications globally are the focus of an important ...

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A funding review

Government funding drives behaviour as universities scramble to meet certain indicators. But Conor King advocates a more flexible approach.   It is perhaps too obvious to state that governments and education providers bring quite different assumptions to the creation of ...

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How do you get tenure?

As a tenured academic in the US, Toby Miller is clear about its value and equally clear about the need to protect its status.   Tenure is a real prize in the US academy. Most academic positions are casualised – ...

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Opening up to open source

Researchers, students and administrators all stand to benefit from open source learning and management systems, says Beverley Head.   Open source learning and management systems are again in the spotlight following the release of a Sakai-based online learning environment at ...

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What is really at stake in the war

The tourism and education sectors recently took indiscreet swipes at each other over which sector was of more value to the Australian economy. Neil Leiper says there’s more at stake than just bragging rights.   In February “a massive war ...

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Transnational threat to higher education’s gravy train

Australia’s lucrative international education industry could face a stiff challenge from the growing popularity of transnational higher education, according to a recently released study. The 2007 StudentPulse study, a global survey of the perceptions and motivations of prospective international students, ...

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A lost paradise

The time has come for Australia’s universities to reach out to Papua New Guinea’s ailing higher education system, says Allan Patience.   Australia’s universities are introverted institutions. Their hesitancy in reaching out generously to local and international communities limits their ...

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Grants take a preventative slant

The focus of research grants change over time with researchers constantly looking at the trends to help frame their applications. John Ross looks at the latest round of NHMRC grants. That prevention is better than cure is a tried and ...

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