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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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UA praises innovation package as start of culture shift

The government’s innovation reforms will bring the shift in cultural mindset Australia needs, Universities Australia has said. The government’s innovation agenda, announced this week, contains a suite of schemes to incentivise commercialisation of university research. This includes reviewing the existing research ...

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Uni fee discounts for upfront pay on chopping block

University students would no longer get a 10 per cent discount if they pre-pay their course fees under a new government proposal. A measure abolishing the discount is contained in a bill introduced to Parliament yesterday. Under existing arrangements, as explained by the government’s ...

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Public funds for Torrens pass over Greens’ objections

Torrens University Australia shouldn’t receive public funding, the Greens have argued. In legislation recently passed through Parliament , Torrens University Australia has been listed as a Table B provider – meaning it’s eligible for public research funding. The Greens attempted to ...

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Government’s one-stop IP shop now online

The federal government has launched a match-making website where companies can search all the intellectual property patents Australia’s universities and public research bodies hold. The assistant minister for innovation, Wyatt Roy, launched Source IP in late November. It was developed ...

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RUN welcomes expansion of Youth Allowance

Changes to the Youth Allowance will get more people into country universities, the Regional Universities Network has said. Ushered through Parliament last week, these changes mean all dependent children will be taken into consideration for Youth Allowance eligibility. Previously, some ...

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ARC explains research funding isn’t gender based

The Australian Research Council has reiterated that its grants aren’t based on gender. Next year, the ARC plans to implement a range of measures to close research’s gender gap. This includes improving gender balance on grant selection committees, investigating options ...

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