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Brain pioneer worries about future of research

A pioneer in neuroscience credited with the critical discovery of brain stem cells 23 years ago fears a scarcity of funding could affect future breakthroughs. Professor Perry Bartlett, the founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, lamented the fact that ...

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Freeze VET funding to ‘risky’ providers: TDA

TAFE Directors Australia has called on the government to urgently freeze funding to "high risk" vocational training providers and ban others amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the VET FEE-HELP scheme. In a statement issued on Monday morning, TDA chief executive Martin ...

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Microsoft’s view from the cloud

The future of university administration is in the cloud, the chief technology officer of Microsoft Australia has said. Cloud computing allows users and enterprises to store their data in third-party centres. Microsoft's James Kavanagh said the cloud streamlines the business ...

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Acting VC preaches cultural competence

Students and employers want cultural competency – something university leaders are failing to recognise, the acting vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney has said. Cultural competence is the set of behaviours, attitudes and policies that allows professionals to work together ...

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UA adds to calls for more university investment

A report for the sector’s peak body echoes findings that universities are a smart investment. Last week, The Economic Contribution of Australia’s Research Universities – the UNSW example, written by Deloitte Access Economics for the University of New South Wales, argued ...

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Birmingham, Labor spar over reform at summit

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, has alleged that the opponents of fee deregulation ran a scare campaign. During his address to The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit this week, Birmingham reinforced that reform is not dead but on the backburner until ...

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Women, Indigenous youth missing out: report

A quarter of Australians in their mid-20s are not engaged in full-time work, training or study – a report from the Mitchell Institute has shown. Equal opportunity in Australia 2015 examined young people’s progress through four key educational milestones, from ...

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