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New Zealand cuts funding to free degrees

Storm clouds have brewed in the land of the long white cloud. After the much-heralded announcement of ‘free‘, that is, taxpayer-funded university in October last year, in its May budget, the Labour government froze funding. Perhaps following Australia’s lead, the ...

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University FLEXes driverless shuttle deal

South Australian university students will soon be able to head to class in an electric shuttle as part of a five-year trial of autonomous vehicle technology. Dubbed FLEX, or Flinders Express, the public shuttle will operate between the Clovelly Park ...

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An AI in higher education update

Innovative tertiary education providers are using artificial intelligence to attract and retain more students. In today’s always-on, always-connected world, people expect to be able to access all kinds of information and services with a few taps on their mobile device. ...

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New study pokes holes in learning online

For an unflattering portrayal of online learning, read A study exploring the impact of lecture capture availability and lecture capture usage on student attendance and attainment. It shows both of these measures drop in this context; attendance by double. The researchers, from ...

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MBA offers careers edge, greater salary potential: Opinion

Leaders today face increasingly complex market dynamics and shorter timeframes in which to make judgments. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides students with the knowledge and flexibility to navigate workplaces, develop leadership skills and more quickly resolve business problems. ...

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VU extends ‘block model’ to all degrees

Victoria University is so pleased with its ‘block model’ – whereby one subject is taught at a time – that is it extending this university-wide. From this year, it was only applied to first-year subjects. By 2020, both undergraduate and ...

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