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TEQSA defends accreditation of alternative medicine courses

The acting chief commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Nick Saunders, has defended its accreditation of complementary and alternative medicine courses following heavy criticism from senior medical academic figures. The president of the Friends of Society ...

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Technology the key to faster recovery

Education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Maayken Van den berg, a postdoctoral research fellow from Flinders University. Van den berg is involved in a world-first study, looking at whether technology such as iPad apps and interactive games can help older ...

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Stoush erupts over teaching course standards

University deans have accused the NSW education minister of “fouling his own nest” over criticisms of accredited teaching courses which he told News Limited media were potentially letting down students and schools. Discussing the findings of a yet to be ...

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Pyne vows reform fight isn’t over

The education minister, Christopher Pyne, has pledged to introduce a revised version of his government’s higher-education deregulation reforms to parliament after the Senate recently voted to reject the package announced as part of May’s federal Budget. Despite further amendments – including the ...

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VC Parker launches screed against reforms

University of Canberra VC professor Stephen Parker has launched a scathing attack against Universities Australia, his fellow university chiefs and the government itself as the Coalition’s controversial higher-education reforms face a fascinating week in the Senate. In an incendiary speech ...

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Fight to define higher education

University staff are coming together to contradict vice-chancellors on deregulation and push to make institutions what they should be. By Julie-Ann Robson The Abbott Government’s ideological push to deregulate universities, together with the spectacle of the Go8 vice-chancellors clambering after ...

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Shorten, Pyne spar as reform debate winds down

The education minister, Christopher Pyne, and federal opposition leader Bill Shorten have traded fresh jibes over the Coalition’s higher-education reform bill, which remains bogged down in the Senate with just a handful of sitting days left this year. In a ...

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Students value technology when picking uni

The integration of new and emerging technologies into learning spaces is a key factor influencing prospective students’ choice of university. Results from a newly released survey of 1500 students – made up of those studying and recent graduates – from Australia, India, Singapore, ...

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Professor backs Obama in Reef rift with Bishop

A senior University of Queensland marine environment researcher has waded into the political milieu following Barack Obama’s recent speech at his university after Australian Government figures criticised the US president’s concerns regarding the Great Barrier Reef. In his UQ address, which ...

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Private VET inquiry expected in Senate

A motion calling for a Senate inquiry into the regulation and funding of private vocational education and training providers is set to be passed today. The inquiry would follow the Coalition Government’s recently announced crackdown on “unscrupulous or misleading behaviour by ‘brokers’ ...

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