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Keep VET firmly in sight

If the TAFE system tumbles they will not be putting it back together again writes Pat Forward. In recent weeks in Campus Review, a number of high profile commentators have defended the deteriorating state of the VET system in Victoria. ...

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Quality teaching not markets ‘should be’ VET focus

Governments are sending unclear and contradictory messages to teachers, a leading researcher tells John Mitchell. COAG decisions on VET funding arrangements are of secondary importance compared with the future quality of teaching across the sector. Funding arrangements are simply a ...

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Great Wall of opportunity

In a letter from Guangzhou, Stuart Middleton asks why Australia and New Zealand don’t train more Chinese tradespeople. I have come up to China with a civic delegation from Auckland with all the trappings that go with that – banquets, ...

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Back to future for VET

The recently released Skills for All Australians, as the advance organiser for the COAG discussions, provides a capstone for a process commenced by the Prime Minister when she was minister for education.  As the minister, Julia Gillard gave a number ...

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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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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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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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