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TAFE cuts hit Ballarat hard

Dual-sector University of Ballarat will terminate up to 60 TAFE courses and a large number of staff in the wake of the Victorian government’s plan to slash nearly $300 million from public providers. The university says it is the latest ...

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Unis pleased with Canberra commitment

Australia’s university bodies have broadly expressed support for the federal budget, saying they believe it supports plans to improve access to higher education. Griffith University vice-chancellor Ian O’Connor, the chair of Innovative Research Universities, said in a statement that he ...

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Asia focus welcomed by services sector

The federal budget has done well to gear Australia’s services sector towards Asia, the industry body says. Australian Services Roundtable president James Bond said education services and tourism in the region had been boosted. “Australia’s third largest export, education and training, ...

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Mixed ‘give and take’ budget

Key initiatives • Rise in indexation rate for government grants to universities to 3.8 per cent. The rate for VET is 1.89 per cent. • Cuts to international education scholarships, fellowships and exchanges funding • Higher education funding delivers extra ...

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Higher ed underfunded, says opposition

Both the federal Coalition and the Australian Greens have expressed concerns that the higher education sector will be underfunded as a result of last week’s budget. Senator Brett Mason, the opposition shadow minister for universities and research, said he believed ...

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Redundancies reduced at Sydney

Three students were arrested at a protest over redundancies at the University of Sydney last week, where a police officer’s arm was also broken. After months of at times angry debate, including a hearing at Fair Work Australia, the university ...

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Budget fine for universities but TAFEs worry

Higher education emerged unscathed from Tuesday’s federal budget but it wasn’t so reassuring for vocational education and training. The budget was more of a mixed bag for VET, said TAFE Directors Australia (TDA). The organisation said national skills had been ...

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Flagship courses may give unis a boost

Outstanding courses could present a way for universities to stand out in the crowd – and attract more funding from the government, a seminar in Melbourne has been told. The Base Funding Review panel suggested that universities could offer undergraduate ...

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