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Let’s build a contemporary national university

This is a transcript of a speech delivered by professor Brian Schmidt, the Australian National University’s vice-chancellor, at the launch of the 2016 Crawford Australian Leadership Forum.  An innovative nation is one that readies itself for challenges not yet imagined. ...

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Parker says unis help entrench inequality, offers solutions

Australian higher education perpetuates inequality, and ATAR should be scrapped and university places recapped to help fix the situation. That’s the argument University of Canberra vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker made in remarks to the TJ Ryan Foundation this week. Parker’s comments came after a ...

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How to engineer a better STEM future?

Getting enough students into STEM subjects to keep Australia competitive will require starting early and focusing on girls. Linda Kristjanson interviewed by Amie Larter With the federal government recently spruiking the need for higher numbers of STEM graduates in order ...

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Uni chiefs urge fresh research funding debate

Go8 vice-chancellors have combined to call for fresh debate on research funding in universities. The leaders warn that without adequate federal investment, institutions have few options to make up the shortfall. Each university chief penned thoughts on the topic in the group’s ...

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