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Technology to remake unis by 2020

Virtual reality classrooms, wearable technologies and the use of metadata to identify struggling students will revolutionise the way Australia’s university students learn, new research forecasting future technology trends states. The research, by Open Universities Australia (OUA) and global not-for-profit group ...

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Public scrutiny improves policy

The difference in how two Labor governments handled criticism of programs shows how bringing problems to light leads to better reform. By John Mitchell Just one glance at the policy failures in the VET sector suggests there is eminent sense ...

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Australia loses ground in world rankings

Higher education sector leaders have blamed inadequate funding for the “concerning downward trend” of Australia’s international ranking in the annual Universitas 21 list. In the rankings, released last week, Australia is now 10th in the world. Singapore overtook Australia, which is down one spot from ninth in 2014 ...

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Curtin med school sparks war of words

The federal government is trading blows with the Australian Medical Association over doctors’ concerns that Curtin University’s planned medical school will exacerbate training bottlenecks. On Sunday, Curtin vice-chancellor professor Deborah Terry said the government’s green light for the proposed school ...

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BUDGET: Research cuts and uncertainty for higher education

Universities have expressed dismay at ongoing uncertainty over much-needed reforms to higher education and cuts to research programs following yesterday’s announcement of the federal Budget. Universities Australia noted the “lack of progress through the Parliament of the Government’s Higher Education Research and Reform Amendment ...

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BUDGET: Cuts pay for research infrastructure

The federal government will pay for research infrastructure by taking $150 million from grants to other academic endeavours. Last year, the government gave the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy a year’s extra funding, tying the $150 million price tag to ...

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Overseas HECS debt recovery ‘long overdue’: UA

Universities Australia has thrown its support behind the federal government’s recently announced push to recover HECS debt from graduates who relocate overseas, describing the initiative as “long overdue”. In a statement issued last week, UA chief executive Belinda Robinson said ...

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