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The path to greater research

A close look at funding schemes here and in the UK reveals the importance of supporting higher degree candidates. By Paul Wellings. One of the recurring higher education policy debates of the past two decades has focused on how much ...

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Federation the name for regional success

Australia’s newest regional university, Federation University Australia, the result of a merger of Monash University’s Gippsland campus and the University of Ballarat, comes into existence on the first day of the new year. By David Battersby. "The rationale for developing ...

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Life in the squeezed middle

Universities established in the 1970s are facing a mid-life crisis as they look towards the internationalising future. By Richard Higgott. "For the quality agenda to prevail, universities need to be academically led and governed, not simply managed." Few people would ...

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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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