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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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China FTA – for the win!

Universities say higher education will be one of the big winners in Australia and China’s historic free trade agreement (FTA), which includes frameworks that will expand mutual recognition of qualifications between the two countries. As part of the deal, finalised yesterday in ...

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AMA chief’s prognosis: painful fees

Medical students will probably be amongst those feeling the brunt of any increases to university fees under a deregulated system, one of the nation’s chief doctors has warned. Speaking to Campus Review ahead of the three-day Higher Education Reform Summit ...

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Exclusive podcast with professor Graeme Turner

In Campus Review’s latest podcast, UQ emeritus professor Graeme Turner explains why his landmark report Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia, is vital to the sector’s future viability. Recently launched at the National Press Club, the report ...

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No penalty rates no work, survey shows

Industries relying heavily on employees working outside the traditional 9–5 may face workforce problems if federal government proposals to remove penalty rates become reality, a new study has revealed. The report, released last week by University of SA researchers, found that employees' decisions to ...

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