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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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The physical campus will endure

Universities must adapt to an ever-changing education landscape, but their basic appeal – good teaching in a rich environment – will remain. As the recent Ernst & Young report University of the Future has reminded us, all organisations are subject ...

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What students want

The feedback from various groups is illuminating, and humbling, students want opportunity and good amenities but mostly they want to engage with academics. In 2000, Mel Gibson starred in the movie What Women Want. Playing Chicago advertising executive and chauvinist ...

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Hats off to caps off

Many more disadvantaged students in Queensland are getting a chance at higher education thanks to restrictions being removed It is true that the uncapping of student places has generated more choice in course options, including a growth in areas with ...

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