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Goals require Olympic effort

The formula for Australia’s sporting accomplishments holds the key to greater innovation. By Michael Barber. It seems hardly necessary to stress the importance of innovation, particularly for productivity growth and, hence, future economic development. But whilst innovation is one of ...

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Greatness has new meaning

Australia’s universities can serve it well by aiming to be the best at adding value for students and communities.  By Peter Dawkins Rankings of universities are in the news again, with the release of the Times Higher Education (THE) world ...

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People are still the key indicators

Numbers, metrics and KPIs must never replace a university’s unique and vital mission. By Celia Hammond. I recently provided an update to The University of Notre Dame Australia community in which I highlighted some key milestones and achievements of the ...

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Communication + Collaboration =Innovation

  To achieve an even stronger collaboration between universities and industry, we need to address those issues holding this coexistence back. By David Lloyd There’s an oft-quoted line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: “What we’ve got here is ...

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What is, and what ought to be

  Universities are in a state of change, but it’s now time to put the needs of students first. By S. Bruce Dowton In pondering the future of higher education, one wonders if universities are akin to Einstein’s view of ...

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Grow up, Australia

It’s time Australia quit its unhealthy obsession with high-ATAR cut offs and started ‘massifying’ education in the interests of true nation building. By Jan Thomas Tertiary entrance scores are officially ‘on the nose’. Rather than labelling some institutions as “second ...

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Billions would make a difference

Universities need to reassess their alumni culture if they want to get more donations. By Ian O’Connor Alumnus Graham Tuckwell’s gift of $50 million to his alma mater, the Australian National University, for a scholarship program made headline news for ...

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The new frontier of academics

Staff may have to adapt to technological advances in future, while also having deep disciplinary knowledge. By Caroline McMillen The expansion of Australia’s higher education system in the past 50 years has created a sector that has delivered research excellence ...

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Innovate or deteriorate

If we are to improve our reputation for innovation, universities must be more aware of the business approach to marketing and development. We hear often today about productivity and innovation. Productivity is seen as the key to the future, unlocking ...

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Overseas ventures a success

Monash has built on its strong international student base to develop a more networked university of the Asia Pacific. Although it has become almost routine to say so, we are living in a time of transformational change. We are still ...

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