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Powering ideas and innovation

The government isn’t investing in research and innovation despite the downturn; it is investing in them because of it and beyond, writes Kim Carr. Labor came to office already knowing that Australia’s innovation system was in trouble. We lagged behind ...

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Youth compact to squeeze existing places

Kevin Rudd’s compact with Australia’s youth, which was announced with much fanfare just two weeks ago, has been overlooked in last week’s budget. Instead of attracting new money, it is expected the 135,000 estimated places will be funded via a ...

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VET briefs

Informal learning examined NCVER last week released ‘Informal learning at a glance’, which examines learning in various contexts, from the workplace to the home, and through technology and the mass media. Informal learning, by far the most prevalent form of ...

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Slog-fest!

Universities continue to battle it out for a market share, writes Joseph Gora. In an interview with The Age, famed biographer and scourge of bloated rhetoric Don Watson noted that an ugly “business model” had percolated into almost every aspect of ...

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Trainers may never become teachers

Does the basic qualification for a VET trainer provide the foundation for development as a professional teacher, asks John Mitchell. There is continuing debate in the VET sector about the value of the minimum qualification required for a trainer and ...

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The ABC of university governance

Public universities which place a strong emphasis on academic, business and corporate governance are afforded the best prospects of long-term success, says Garry Carnegie. Organisations of all types require the achievement and maintenance of good or effective governance. Indeed, organisations ...

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Beyond the maze

Are we about to embark on a new age of evidence-based policy, asks Robin Ryan. April’s AVETRA conference once again met the high standard of organisation and quality content that has been established in recent years. As in any good ...

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International investment

Having built a profound asset in international education, universities now need to think even more creatively about the future, says Daryl Le Grew. Whichever way you look at it, the performance of Australian universities in international education is stellar. Creating ...

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Practising good principles

The English language competency of staff as well as students represents a significant challenge to universities, says Judy Nagy. The recently released good practice principles for English language proficiency for international students in Australian universities are an important contribution to ...

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PPP rates to remain

The federal government has no immediate plans to review the funding arrangements under its $2 billion Productivity Places Program (PPP), despite mounting evidence the scheme isn’t qualifying people in key skill shortage areas because the rates it offers are too ...

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