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Free university education: Kiwi feat or a red herring?

When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s Prime Minister in October last year, many were surprised because of her youth, inexperience and femininity. Staunchly Labour, she moved quickly to enact her ‘progressive, anti-capitalist’ agenda. Among her reforms was making all forms of higher education ...

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Technology in education: a forecast for 2018

Digital transformation and the rise of millennials are dominating headlines in the Asia Pacific region (APAC). Rapid advancements in technology are drastically improving the way we do things. As millennials come of age, modern students will be adept with technology, ...

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UTS presents university commercialisation alternative

Today, in UTS’ ‘brown paper bag‘, a symposium on advancing the public benefit of universities took place. Resisting commercialisation The need for universities to focus on research and education – not marketing – was a major topic. Professor Raewyn Connell of USYD ...

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Regional unis request strategic overhaul

Despite rural, regional and remote universities being ‘anchor institutions’ – the economic and intellectual hearts of their respective towns – they’re not recognised as such by the federal government. That’s the key message of the Regional Universities Network (RUN)’s new National Regional ...

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A contract cheating update

More than 5 to 10 per cent of students engage in some form of contract cheating. In a tutorial of 20 students, therefore, one or two are cheating in this manner. Associate Professor Tracey Bretag provided this update on contract cheating ...

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The other kind of sexual harassment on campus

On-campus sexual assault and harassment was one of the biggest news stories of the year. Yet only students were the focus of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)’s inquiry and report on this subject. This doesn’t mean university staff are immune to this phenomenon. Indeed, the Weinstein scandal has shifted ...

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