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Back to the future looks good

Equipping young people with mid-level qualifications is better than having a large number of unemployed university graduates. There is currently renewed interest throughout the Anglophone education systems in the quality of careers advice, information, guidance and education. This is largely ...

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Greens back private colleges

The Greens say the open training market isn’t to blame for the problems facing vocational education and training, rather insufficient funding is the key threat. Greens higher education spokeswoman Senator Lee Rhiannon told a Sydney conference that private colleges have ...

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They said it!

"It is becoming clear that an Abbott government would push more costs onto students and they should come clean about how high they would increase fees.” Greens senator and higher education spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon commenting on the Coalition’s plan to ...

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Attracting overseas students online

Australian institutions need to use a variety of inquiry methods to compete with other nations.   For the past year it has been possible to mark time by looking at headlines proclaiming the demise of the international student sector. It ...

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They said it!

  “It’s complete nonsense that universities are doing it hard…They’ve had their funding increased by 50 per cent since 2007.” Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans told The Australian that university vice-chancellors were promoting increases in student fees to pre-empt a ...

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The Screen: A scary picture

The great, open online university with students sitting in front of computers all day does not seem to be as successful as some people predicted. Almost overnight there appears to be the whiff of cultural revolt in the air. It’s ...

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It pays to help disadvantaged students

The Grattan Institute report that suggests we should consider pay-your-own-way degrees might work if we were all financially secure, but we aren’t. I’ve copped a little bit of stick over comments I made last week regarding the Grattan Institute’s report ...

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Market more important than outcomes

By focusing on the business of vocational education and training, rather than good training, we are devaluing a once strong system. The ABC 7.30 Report early this month looked at alleged dodgy training in vocational education and training. It explained ...

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Frankenstein devours its creators

An eminent economist believes the Victorian training policy mess is an example of a text book model banging up against the real world. Around Australia, treasury officials and policy advisers are sitting on review committees reconstructing the VET sector. Unfortunately, ...

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Bring down the barricades

The various sectors in education have become rigid and fenced off, stifling meaningful development of learning as a whole. It was not done lightly when they named the parts of Berlin after the Second World War that had come to ...

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