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Make uni spending transparent: OECD

Information on how and where funds are spent in universities must be more open to the public, the OECD has said. In his speech to the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit, Dirk van Damme, head of the innovation and measuring progress ...

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Uni reform impasse must end: Glover

Universities Australia has called on politicians to end a “legislative impasse” that the peak body argues has left the sector in “funding limbo” without a clear vision for the future. In a speech at the National Press club in Canberra ...

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Private funding called essential for public unis

Public universities must broaden their funding base to thrive and survive, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, has said. Nicholas Dirks, whose institution was ranked as the top public university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said government ...

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Go8 denies research proposal would be cash grab

The Go8 has lashed back against accusations that its research funding proposal is unfair and self-centred. The group of large Australian universities is urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to fix the country’s research system by limiting which projects gain access to taxpayer funds ...

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STEM programs need HELP: Norton

Labor’s new higher education policy should not wipe the HELP debts of STEM graduates, a policy expert has claimed. In his mixed critique of Labor’s new policy, Andrew Norton, higher education program director at the Grattan Institute, said ridding 100,000 ...

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Labor unveils $2.5 billion higher-education plan

A Labor government would increase the number of students completing their university studies by 20,000 each year from 2018, as part the party’s new higher education policy worth more than $2.5 billion, education spokesman Kim Carr announced. Carr said that ...

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Overseas HECS debtors set to pay up

The federal government may soon begin recouping millions of dollars in unpaid HECS loans following the introduction of legislation that would force many overseas-based Australian graduates to make repayments. Under long debated existing laws, Australians living and working overseas are ...

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