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ANU council endorses music school cuts

The future of the Australian National University’s music school is now being decided, with submissions on plans to cut staff and restructure the degree program closing last Friday. The National Tertiary Education Union has expressed disappointment at the university council’s ...

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Coalition and Greens support TAFEs

Opposition is increasing in Federal Parliament to the government’s reforms to vocational education and training. Louis White reports. The Coalition and the Greens are unimpressed with the Gillard government’s reform agenda to develop a more skilled workforce through the use ...

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The job of upholding standards

Associate deans and other faculty leaders are important in the disciplined approach to implementing and assessing academic programs. By Jonathan Holmes and Mark Freeman. No one would seriously argue that disciplines shouldn’t be the main driver of learning standards used ...

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Casual staff still unpaid at Swinburne

Hundreds of casual staff at Swinburne University have still not been paid for work they have done this semester, says the National Tertiary Education Union, and there concerns that the problem will occur again next semester. Charlie Saunders, an NTEU ...

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TAFE cuts hit Ballarat hard

Dual-sector University of Ballarat will terminate up to 60 TAFE courses and a large number of staff in the wake of the Victorian government’s plan to slash nearly $300 million from public providers. The university says it is the latest ...

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Unis pleased with Canberra commitment

Australia’s university bodies have broadly expressed support for the federal budget, saying they believe it supports plans to improve access to higher education. Griffith University vice-chancellor Ian O’Connor, the chair of Innovative Research Universities, said in a statement that he ...

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Asia focus welcomed by services sector

The federal budget has done well to gear Australia’s services sector towards Asia, the industry body says. Australian Services Roundtable president James Bond said education services and tourism in the region had been boosted. “Australia’s third largest export, education and training, ...

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Mixed ‘give and take’ budget

Key initiatives • Rise in indexation rate for government grants to universities to 3.8 per cent. The rate for VET is 1.89 per cent. • Cuts to international education scholarships, fellowships and exchanges funding • Higher education funding delivers extra ...

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Higher ed underfunded, says opposition

Both the federal Coalition and the Australian Greens have expressed concerns that the higher education sector will be underfunded as a result of last week’s budget. Senator Brett Mason, the opposition shadow minister for universities and research, said he believed ...

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