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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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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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All the VET in China

With the recorded history of migration from China to Australia now nearing its 200th anniversary, there is much to marvel at in terms of the growth of that country and the relationship between our two nations. This link continues to ...

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Opinion: the case for diversity in ATARs

There is endless discussion over university entry scores and their significance. In particular, there are often quite heated arguments in the media over perceived lowering of standards resulting from the enrolment of students with low ATARs. Such is the case ...

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ANU VC Young to step down in 2016

Go8 chair professor Ian Young has announced he will not seek a further term as vice-chancellor of ANU when his current term expires in February 2016. In a statement released on February 4, Young said he planned to turn his ...

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A legacy of learning’s worth

Former PM Gough Whitlam was a champion of higher education and so much more; but he took a particular interest in the fate of the people of western Sydney. By Barney Glover The death of Edward Gough Whitlam touched a ...

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Murdoch’s Higgott resigns amid inquiry

Suspended Murdoch University VC professor Richard Higgott has formally resigned as the WA Crime and Corruption Commission continues its inquiry into his conduct. Higgott was suspended by Murdoch indefinitely on full pay in late September following an investigation by the ...

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Haute zone: the tropics

The challenge is on to expand opportunity in a region whose global significance is already large and growing rapidly. By Sandra Harding September’s Future of Tropical Economies Conference was an officially aligned forerunner to the G20 meeting of finance ministers ...

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Disputed VC pay report sparks NTEU transparency call

The NTEU has called for greater transparency in university financial reporting after it was forced to issue a correction of its own analysis of data purporting to reveal the value of Australian VC remuneration packages. A policy briefing paper released ...

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Murdoch VC suspended

Murdoch University vice-chancellor professor Richard Higgott has been suspended indefinitely on full pay pending an assessment by the Corruption and Crime Commission. The announcement, made on Friday last week, followed an internal university investigation, the findings of which resulted in ...

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