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OPINION: Cast the sector in a better light

Reports have recently put forth a negative view of the sector; the full story must be told. By Phil Honeywood The past few months has provided some great news for Australia’s international education sector. Whether it be consistent increases in ...

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JCU’s new centre to bridge the gap

James Cook University has announced plans to establish a new centre designed to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Senior deputy vice-chancellor professor Chris Cocklin said the centre has ambitious, but achievable, goals. “We’ve come to ...

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OPINION: Govt must continue fight for reform

Retention by the Government of the Reform Legislation from the 2014 budget is very important for the sector and must be brought forward again, writes Adrian McComb. For private higher education the government’s proposed reforms promise equitable treatment and wider options for ...

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Marketing triumphs from within

Most universities should focus on their own unique advantages for the best chance at enduring success with their brand. Recent legislative changes and the higher Australian dollar are making universities work harder than ever to attract students. To do this ...

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Reform at the speed of scandal

As unprecedented troubles engulf the sector, the government’s option to keep the pace of change methodical is vanishing rapidly. By John Mitchell All governments probably hope the general public never gains too many insights into a sector. That way, governments ...

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Plaudits follow punishment

After federal politicians spend years progressively dismantling TAFE, a report from Parliament heaps praise upon the public provider. By John Mitchell There was much noise around the VET sector in late 2014, but few public comments were made about a ...

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Must-haves for today’s student

Essential attributes universities should embody to deliver solid student outcomes. More students than ever are making the decision to enrol in higher education in this country, an outstanding milestone, but it also comes at a time when students are more ...

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Change begins student to student

Grandiose efforts at reform fail to recognise the importance of interaction and understanding amongst international and domestic students. There is so much debate around higher education reform and fee deregulation, to the point where international education – a key element ...

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And the research grant goes to…

An Academy Awards-style voting system could help reduce grant application writing time without compromising the fairness of research fund distribution, a group of academics says. A recently launched pilot research project, by Queensland University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, is ...

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Fresh calls to cap VC pay

The latest round of annual reports has led to fresh claims from the Greens of hypocrisy by universities for paying large salaries to vice-chancellors whilst pushing for the right to increase student fees. Annual reports from public universities show that some university chiefs are ...

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