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Leadership, now that’s a good idea

Higher education management seems to have moved away from the basic idea of helping students successfully complete their courses.  I gave a little speech the other day on leadership in higher education. Much of it was pretty standard stuff until ...

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Should nursing be a four-year degree?

Some healthcare leaders argue that undergraduates need an extra year of study? Three experienced nurses share their views.  Nursing is a four-year program in many parts of the world but remains a three-year undergraduate degree in Australia and New Zealand. ...

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Visions for VET

The COAG discussion of VET reform in April will implode, with most states rejecting Canberra’s attempt to control the VET agenda. The Victorian state budget, with Treasury usurping Peter Hall, will include a massive reduction in funds for VET, to ...

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UWS farewells Margaret Whitlam

On the morning of March 17 we awoke to the news that one of Australia’s greatest and most dearly loved daughters had died peacefully during the course of the night. Gough rather famously referred to Margaret Whitlam as “my best appointment”. ...

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Older but no wiser

Fiona Wood asks if ERA should be doing something more useful than just stocktaking.Did you know that more than half the world’s 7 billion people are under 30 years of age? And that 90 per cent of these youthful people ...

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End of the line – if the cap fits

Pro-vice chancellor for global reach and pedagogical integrity, Professor Mal Sway, stares ruefully out of his office window as the dean of engineering, Professor Les Spanner, enters the room to talk about student enrolments. Professor Sway: Did you hear what ...

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VET needs external assessors

Skills Australia CEO Robin Shreeve wonders why the VET sector with thousands of providers  has not followed the school approach of having external Boards of Studies award qualifications.  One part of the Prime Minister’s recent skills statement was unexpected. That ...

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Running with the digital natives

 Universities need to start teaching academics and teachers to be residents of the web if we are to have any hope of bridging the technological divide.   Our culture is changing every day. Look around and you will see a world ...

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SA VET international enrolments down $127M

While international education revenue in Australia took a $3.3 billion dive last year spare a thought for South Australia, which has taken a $127 million haircut in a small market as VET international student enrolments crash. Last year, SA’s international education ...

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Statistics can drive us to distraction

The real picture of an institution’s success can be disguised by inaccurate descriptions of course completion figures. One of the greater consumer scandals of the recent past in New Zealand were the revelations that the importers of second-hand motor vehicles were ...

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