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Acting VC preaches cultural competence

Students and employers want cultural competency – something university leaders are failing to recognise, the acting vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney has said. Cultural competence is the set of behaviours, attitudes and policies that allows professionals to work together ...

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UA adds to calls for more university investment

A report for the sector’s peak body echoes findings that universities are a smart investment. Last week, The Economic Contribution of Australia’s Research Universities – the UNSW example, written by Deloitte Access Economics for the University of New South Wales, argued ...

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Birmingham, Labor spar over reform at summit

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, has alleged that the opponents of fee deregulation ran a scare campaign. During his address to The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit this week, Birmingham reinforced that reform is not dead but on the backburner until ...

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Women, Indigenous youth missing out: report

A quarter of Australians in their mid-20s are not engaged in full-time work, training or study – a report from the Mitchell Institute has shown. Equal opportunity in Australia 2015 examined young people’s progress through four key educational milestones, from ...

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Country unis innovate, too: Duncan

Regional universities have a huge role to play in the federal government’s innovation agenda, the vice-chancellor of the University of New England has said. The push for an innovation nation is one of the hallmarks of the Turnbull Government and universities ...

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Public must be sold on reform’s benefits: Thomson

A recent federal government of higher education policy under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull has injected optimism into the national debate but university leaders must bring the public with them in the push for reform. That was the message from Go8 chief executive ...

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The community way

Local ownership of satellite campuses may be the answer to greater reach for unis and better service to the places they reside. A tertiary education campus can be a significant asset to a community, offering long-lived economic, social and cultural ...

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Jacobs calls for greater investment in unis

The time is now for government to put significant funds into universities, the vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales has said. A report from Deloitte Access Economics, The Economic Contributions of Australia’s Research Universities – the UNSW example, ...

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Innovation the force for prosperity: Booth

The resources boom has forced Australia to play global economic catch-up, the provost of the University of Technology, Sydney has said. Professor Peter Booth said the success and economic shortsightedness of the resources boom created an environment where Australia didn’t ...

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