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Internet helps refugee students

The success of the Open Universities Australia scheme has been shown by four graduates who live on the troubled Thai-Burma border. Mexican-American comedian Louis C. K. writes and performs skits about “white people problems” where he parodies the ways in ...

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NBN key to teaching languages

The national broadband network will be very important in helping Australia reach the goals of the Asian Century proposals The Prime Minister’s commitment to building the Asian language competencies of Australians as an outcome of the Asian Century white paper ...

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Queensland leader welcomes reform

Kaylene Harth, institute director, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, responds to the final report of the state’s Skills and Training Taskforce. What broad opportunities do you see arising from the report’s recommendation about the future role and purpose of TAFE ...

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Getting engineers on board

New Zealand’s polytechnic colleges are well placed to help meet the call for more graduates The government is flexing its muscles on the question of supply of engineering graduates and is challenging New Zealand’s top university with getting a different ...

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Merger won’t impact TAFE’s importance

Brisbane’s metropolitan TAFEs face amalgamation, for better or for worse. But Australia needs vocational training more than ever. These are interesting times for VET providers nationally, and Queensland is no exception. There are so many uncertainties around government subsidies (VET ...

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Completion brings tangible benefits

Around seven out of ten students fail to complete their VET courses, but should we be worried? Completion rates have been a key indicator in the VET sector, but more honoured in theory than practice because their calculation is problematic. ...

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Online lectures now streaming 24/7

With India alone forecast to need an extra 2400 universities over the next 25 years, the demand for e-learning must cause a rapid expansion of services. Changes in technology, including 3D lecturers beamed live into student homes via holographic know-how, ...

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Global perspectives on mass higher education

Australia is a world leader in considering access and quality issues in widening access to higher education Last month, the OECD hosted the Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) General Conference, titled Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education. The conference ...

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TAFE NSW sets out its goals

TAFE NSW’s new managing director, Pam Christie, discusses the impact of the NSW government’s Smart and Skilled reforms. What is the significance of the government’s decision to create the role of TAFE managing director? This is an important milestone as ...

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NZ will reap its education failures

Maori and migrant communities will soon form New Zealand’s majority – but the system is failing them. Two strands of discussion have come together this week in New Zealand, in much the same way as they did in Australia a ...

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