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Teachers say training leaves them unprepared

Research has sparked fresh calls for a review of teacher training courses, as less than half of teaching graduates indicate they feel adequately trained in a number of key professional areas. The results, released yesterday within the Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 report ...

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Opinon: VCs selling out students

Vice-chancellors appear to have put the financial interests of their institutions ahead of the interests of their future students, the very students who want to attend their universities and who work hard for successful admission. It is understandable but disappointing ...

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Research reforms target industry links

The promise of a greater focus on links between research and industry and a new science council to advise government are at the centre of long-awaited reforms to the research sector unveiled yesterday. The new measures, announced by the industry ...

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Reform hearings centre on loan repayments

A fresh call for recovery of HECS-HELP debt from expatriate graduates and a hybrid repayment scheme were amongst several key amendments stakeholders urged during last week’s Senate inquiry into university deregulation. Addressing the Senate committee last week, HECS architect professor Bruce Chapman again ...

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Critical masses

Experts previously shared ideas about how higher education will look in a few decades; now others explain how a growing consumer base will shape that reality. Australia’s higher education sector will be transformed in the next two decades, as we ...

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Flannery slams PM for skipping summit

One of Australia’s most eminent sustainability academics and activists has labelled Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s failure to attend last week’s United Nations climate change summit an insult to all Australians. The UN summit, which took place in New York last ...

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NT prisons outspend VET

Fresh analysis revealing that the NT’s VET budget is being increasingly dwarfed by the territory’s justice and prison budget has led to criticisms that local politicians are finding it easier to deal with disadvantaged citizens via prisons rather than education. ...

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