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Pyne under attack

  New education minister’s plan to review services fees, placement caps draws critics’ ire. Education minister Christopher Pyne’s potential plans for higher education have drawn the ire of critics. Pyne has announced his intention to review higher education’s demand-driven system ...

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You can put a price on research

Recent data shows many Asian countries’ universities are better than Australia peers at chasing corporate funding. By Aileen Macalintal. Asia is way ahead of Australia in a recent ranking of university systems’ ability to corner industry funding. The World Academic ...

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All’s well for dream facility

New Sunshine Coast health and well-being precinct ready to serve the region. By Leeza Boyce. All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that ...

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NTEU fears tuition hikes under Abbott

Degrees will cost more under the Coalition, the National Tertiary Education Union warns. By Dallas Bastian. Jeannie Rea, president of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), has warned that newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott would increase the cost of ...

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Federation University Australia one step closer to launch

The Victorian Parliament has passed legislation to see Ballarat University change its name and move towards expansion. By Dallas Bastian. Legislation has passed through the Victorian Parliament moving Ballarat University further towards its name change. “Federation University Australia – or ...

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Training dollars must hit the target

The days of copious government funding for VET programs are over, so spending wisely is critical. By Jim Barron Here we are in the latter throes of the election campaign and every stakeholder group is shouting its loudest to be ...

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Researchers under the microscope

Projects face greater scrutiny all around as competition for dollars increases. By Louis White The much publicised drama over Queensland University of Technology scientists who received more than $1 million to produce a now-discredited research paper is one of 52 ...

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Abbott backs cheap loans for tradies

Coalition touts incentives to encourage apprenticeships. By Antonia Maiolo. Opposition leader Tony Abbott has announced plans for interest-free loans of up to $20,000 for apprentices, starting from next year. The HECS-style system would help apprentices pay for their training, tools ...

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CQU cuts 166 jobs

Decline in international students led to losses; staff input helps some retain jobs. By Aileen Macalintal Central Queensland University has cut 166 jobs in order to generate about $25 million in budget savings, mostly in response to the downturn in ...

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