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Fare thee well, campus? Not for these universities

The world’s oldest universities weren’t just sites of learning. They were also civic, religious and social institutions. Without Oxford, Bologna and Al-Karueein we wouldn’t have modern-day ethics, or defences against bygone empires or the omniscient power of the medieval church. Universities were ...

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La Trobe sets example for universities globally

Is your university, in every sense, #tobaccofree? After signing the world’s first Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge, La Trobe University is. This means the Melbourne-based university not only prohibits smoking on campus, it has no tobacco-related investments, and will advocate for other organisations ...

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Should there be gender quotas in universities?

Following allegations of sexism in Australian politics, the gender quota debate has reemerged. Liberal MP Julia Banks, in announcing her intended resignation from parliament following the most recent leadership spill, stated the following: “…I’m not done. I am not giving ...

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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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