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Australia loses ground in world rankings

Higher education sector leaders have blamed inadequate funding for the “concerning downward trend” of Australia’s international ranking in the annual Universitas 21 list. In the rankings, released last week, Australia is now 10th in the world. Singapore overtook Australia, which is down one spot from ninth in 2014 ...

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Curtin med school sparks war of words

The federal government is trading blows with the Australian Medical Association over doctors’ concerns that Curtin University’s planned medical school will exacerbate training bottlenecks. On Sunday, Curtin vice-chancellor professor Deborah Terry said the government’s green light for the proposed school ...

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BUDGET: Research cuts and uncertainty for higher education

Universities have expressed dismay at ongoing uncertainty over much-needed reforms to higher education and cuts to research programs following yesterday’s announcement of the federal Budget. Universities Australia noted the “lack of progress through the Parliament of the Government’s Higher Education Research and Reform Amendment ...

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Overseas HECS debt recovery ‘long overdue’: UA

Universities Australia has thrown its support behind the federal government’s recently announced push to recover HECS debt from graduates who relocate overseas, describing the initiative as “long overdue”. In a statement issued last week, UA chief executive Belinda Robinson said ...

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