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CDU trounced at ballot

Charles Darwin University’s gamble at taking a non-union agreement to a vote, was met with a resounding no when it went to a ballot. The result of the count was 599 no votes, 213 yes votes and 60 informal votes, ...

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Money troubles: education can weather the storm

Australia’s international education sector may not only survive, but flourish in the global economic turmoil. By John Ross.   Higher education figures are cautiously – in some cases, keenly – optimistic that the economic crisis won’t torpedo student demand or ...

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International research database reprimed: IDP

IDP Education will refloat the international education research database abandoned late last year by Australian Education International (AEI). IDP Education chief executive Tony Pollock told last week’s Australian International Education Conference in Brisbane that the Database of Research in International ...

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The sound of a crispy chip being eaten

If Nobel Prizes are the most solemn and esteemed of honours for the greatest of great research, then the Ig Nobels tip their cap to its opposite, saluting research which “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”. This ...

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Going for broke

Educational attainment of parents will be used as the indicator of socioeconomic status, but it’s not the whole story, says Trevor Gale.   What level of education did your parents reach? That’s the question the joint DEEWR and Universities Australia ...

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Think big: it’s the business

Corporate Australia has caught on to the fact that philosophy graduates bring critical thinking to thorny ethical and analytical problems. Jeremy Gilling reports.   Whether postmodernism, cultural criticism and other relativist dogmas are to blame for the demise of the ...

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Not all employers are the same

Geof Hawke argues that our approach to involving employers in education and training hasn’t made enough allowance for the wide variations among employers.   Once again attention is being drawn to the importance of establishing a means by which employers ...

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VET governance congested: Skills Australia

Australia’s VET system is bogged down by a multiplicity of authorities which have passed their use-by dates, Skills Australia suggests in a discussion paper on future governance of the national VET system. The “extensive array of advisory and regulatory bodies ...

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