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NZ-Aust research impact compared

Auckland and Otago universities appear to be the only New Zealand institutions that come close to footing it with Australia’s Group of Eight universities in terms of the impact of their research, an investigation by the NZ education ministry has ...

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The unassuming laureate

Talking about science is a privilege and a pleasure, Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek tells Julie Hare.   Frank Wilczek was naked and dripping wet when he received the phone call that literally changed his life. The call, at 5.11am ...

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HECS loses its way

Is HECS in a bit of a mess? By Professor Bruce Chapman and Kiatanantha Lounkaew.   When the Labor Party lost office in March 1996 it left behind the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). HECS had been introduced in 1989 ...

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The lucky professor

Australian academics seem to be driven by self-advancement, writes Toby Miller.   I’m lucky enough to be an honorary professor at the University of Queensland between 2006 and 2009, which allows me to visit Australia twice a year for a ...

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Face the inconvenient truth, UK unis told

Stick up for the truth even when inconvenient. Use evidence. Write short sentences. That is my generic advice to young economists. It would be nice to think that the UK’s universities and academic-related organisations could also get something out of ...

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