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False start for national university

The government needs to move quickly to find alternative solutions to regional and rural provision, writes David Battersby. The recent abandonment of the National University for Regional Australia initiative is to be expected. The three instigators of this project – ...

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TAFE reinvention through innovation

Are TAFE colleges capable of maintaining quality while taking risks, asks John Mitchell. TAFE colleges are receiving mixed messages from their government owners. One message is to ensure their quality systems are in place, their student satisfaction ratings are high ...

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Beyond -built-in not bolted-on-

The philosophy toward embedding language, literacy and numeracy in training packages needs to be re-examined, says Anita Roberts. Built-in not bolted-on aimed to integrate the delivery of vocational and LLN skills based on recognition of the interdependent nature of these ...

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VET briefs

Rudd to create 20,000 green training places Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week announced spending of $94 million to create 30,000 training places to develop “green skills” in the building and construction sectors, 10,000 places in a National Green Jobs ...

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Advising international students of risk

Do Australian universities provide enough relevant and timely information to potential international students about living in Australia? Paul Rodan investigates. One of the key issues in the current international student debate concerns the accuracy and quality of information provided to ...

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Sorry, I’m too busy

Flat out, stressed and no time to think is the lot of the modern academic. Joseph Gora advocates organised rebellion. “A man who is very busy seldom changes his opinions”Friedrich Nietzsche “Life is what happens to you while you're busy ...

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VET briefs

Victoria spends $16 million on TAFE ad campaign Victorian taxpayers will spend more than $16 million spruiking a new state government policy that has increased the cost of some TAFE courses by thousands of dollars, reports The Age. Under the ...

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Rethinking TAFE culture

What can TAFE colleges learn from the business models of private providers, asks John Mitchell. What do you get when you appoint as TAFE institute director someone with only six years experience in TAFE, following previous appointments as marketing manager ...

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Putting the V-E-T in R&D

The innovation agenda appears to have overlooked VET, but it is a potentially powerful research area, says Francesca Beddie. I keep reading that innovation will help us climb out of the economic downturn and onto a path to a more ...

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Funding cut by another name

Skills reform could cost Victorian TAFEs more than $50 million over the next three and a half years, primarily because of a quiet move to monthly funding arrangements, according to a confidential email circulated among senior officials in the state’s ...

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