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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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Authentic, worldwide

There is much more to being an international university than attracting foreign students. Australia, we proudly tell ourselves, has one of the most international university systems in the world. The recently released Draft National Strategy for International Education shows a ...

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Schmidt to lead ANU from 2016

Nobel laureate professor Brian Schmidt has been announced as ANU’s next vice-chancellor. Schmidt, who most recently made headlines calling for the establishment of a national agency to address Australia’s poor track record in science, technology and innovation, has worked at the ...

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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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