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At an OECD glance, we’re an education mélange

The title of the ‘Australia’ section of the OECD’s latest annual, education-centric report could be ‘nevertheless’. This is because most negatives seemed to be counterbalanced with positives. For example, Education at a Glance 2018 revealed that while our university fees are relatively high, ...

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UniSA and UofA: a merger, a marriage, or both?

It could be the ‘super university’ that transforms the city of churches into the university city. Or, it could be a cost-cutting exercise. These are the headlines surrounding the potential University of South Australia-University of Adelaide merger. Yet, it is much more complicated than these extremes ...

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Shared university services ‘snake oil’: opinion

The fashion in universities and other public sector organisations for ‘shared services’ did not spring from nowhere. Yes Minister in the 1980s featured an episode about a hospital that had 500 administration staff, but could not afford to employ nurses ...

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