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Work and study, it’s all academic

The raising of standards for vocational studies seems a good idea to some but may make them less accessible.  I have no understanding why it is so. Perhaps it is because we have two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ...

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New subject strengthens link to internships

 Bond University has launched its new subject to prepare students for the workplace and is already getting some good feedback.  The Bond University Professional Practice Program (BUPPP) originated from the need to create a subject for students to undertake in ...

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A BUPPP on the way to the work

One university has introduced an innovative program to prepare their graduates for the workplace.  There is growing pressure on universities and other tertiary education providers to develop strategies to meet the demands of business and industry for job-ready graduates. Defining what ...

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Finding funds for outback digs

 The cost of research for archaeology and anthropology could be reduced by tapping money that mining companies pay for cultural heritage compliance, writes Claire Smith. Recent changes to grants programs run by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian ...

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One campus with different goals

As unis, TAFEs and private providers move into each other’s territory some interesting challenges arise, writes Nick Fredman. It is not news that broad economic and social change, and government policy, are eroding the barriers between vocational and higher education. ...

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Spin, slogans, scandals and statistics

John Mitchell talks to a senior TAFE leader who says avoid the Victorian model at all costs. Skills Victoria’s experimentation with market-based VET funding is causing increasing disquiet, even among the usual supporters of such policies. Recent reports by the Productivity ...

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More English is not better English

The NT government continues with a language education policy that is not supported by domestic and international research, writes Rosa McKenna. The Northern Territory Minister for Education and Training Chris Burns is wrong to continue with English-only classes for indigenous ...

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ACT collaboration could pay dividends

A model such as University of Canberra Institute of Technology (UCIT) may be a better way to implement TAFE/university collaborations than the present dual sector system, UC vice-chancellor Stephen Parker says. As the ACT government works on setting up the ...

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Cautious welcome by VET for wider HECS

A proposal by the federal government to extend HECS-style loans to some VET students has been welcomed by the sector, which has been lobbying for such a scheme for some time. Negotiations are still underway with the states and territories ...

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Concern over full-fee rural students

NSW TAFEs are increasing the number of full-fee training places they offer to plug a shortfall in government funding for enrolled nurse education, a federal senate inquiry has been told. Kerry Penton, director of the Riverina Institute, said the rural ...

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