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Government calls TAFE takeover plan nothing new

The federal government has labelled a furore over a leaked Council of Australian Governments paper on a possible federal TAFE takeover a “beat-up” and “old news”. The leaked draft details a plan in which funding and loan schemes would become income contingent. ...

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VU’s Dawkins challenges ATAR’s relevance

A vice-chancellor has downplayed the relevance of the ATAR as a measure of potential student success – especially when it comes to teaching degrees. Professor Peter Dawkins, of Victoria University, argued that ATARs are often meaningless when measuring a student’s potential in university. ...

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Norton warns against using super to pay off HELP debt

Letting graduates raid superannuation to repay HELP loans is a bad idea, the Grattan Institute has warned. Liberal Senator Chris Back has urged the treasurer to allow graduates to use retirement savings to pay off their student debt. Back proposes letting ...

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Schmidt reveals vision for quality at ANU

Quality over quantity is professor Brian Schmidt’s vision for the Australian National University. The Nobel Laureate and astrophysicist took the reins as vice-chancellor of ANU at the beginning of this year, promising to “take a great university and make it better”. For Schmidt, this ...

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Financial barriers stand between refugees, education

Refugees on temporary visas and about 29,000 asylum seekers may miss out on higher education because they are ineligible for government aid to help meet the substantial financial costs. To go to university, refugees on Temporary Protection Visas and asylum seekers must pay ...

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Innovation is built on culture: Microsoft

Success in innovation is determined by culture, a report from Microsoft argues. Australia stands at No. 17 on the Global Innovation Index and the federal government has just released a $1.1 billion package to boost Australia’s innovative capacity. Accelerating Australia’s ...

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What the experts are predicting for 2016

We ask industry leaders what mattered over the last 12 months and what’s at stake for the sector in the year ahead. Improved graduation outcomes, funding clarity and the upcoming election are top of mind for industry leaders heading into ...

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