Evans hoses down base funding

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The Australian    31 August 2012 Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has revealed that a formal government response to the base funding review will be released within the next two months but he's hosed down any expectations of a funding windfall. Unfortunately many in the sector see the base funding review as code for the Bradley [review] recommendation about a 10%  increase in funding.  That’s not going to happen. Evans says that most of the funding increase recommended in the Bradley review has already been provided, pointing to a research paper that showed  real funding growth per university place of about 8.5 % since Labor took office in late 2007. … [Read more...]

Queensland dual sector in the balance

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31 August 2012 It’s unclear whether Queensland will proceed with its first dual-sector university. Queensland Education and Training Minister John-Paul Langbroek told the Australian Council for Private Education and Training’s national conference that a proposed merger of Central Queensland’s university and TAFE, which has been on the backburner since the March state election, would go ahead. We’re absolutely committed to doing it.  [But] we want to make sure if we do it, we get it right. However the commitment doesn’t appear to be iron-clad, with the minister acknowledging the matter is still to be considered by the Queensland cabinet. Meanwhile, the minister has received an … [Read more...]

Feds might withold VET funding to Victoria

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The Australian   31 August 2012 Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans says that   government will consider withholding funding due to Victoria under a $1.75 billion “national partnership” agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments in April because of Victoria’s $300 million TAFE budget cuts. Almost $800m of this money – including $196m for Victoria – is tied to 11 “structural reforms”, one of which requires states to enable their TAFEs “to operate effectively in an environment of greater competition”. [Victoria has] not maintained…effort. Victoria’s young people are not getting the sort of opportunities they should,…Despite their protestations, there’s no way you can say … [Read more...]

Paris Aristotle discusses the Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers and its implications

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law   31 August 2012 Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2012 Time: 6pm to 7:30pm Venue: State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatre, 179 La Trobe Street, Corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne (Entry 3 via La Trobe Street) RSVP: [email protected] telephone 03 9905 3327 Paris Aristotle will discuss the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers in conversation with Michael Gordon, the National Affairs Editor of The Age. … [Read more...]

New tools to facilitate industry-university engagement

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IRU Newsroom   31 August 21012 The IRU network of seven universities has launched a range of materials to encourage industry and universities to work together to develop Australia’s future skilled workforce. Businesses are encouraged to work with universities and students to create mutually beneficial projects and placements that align with the curriculum - what is commonly known as work integrated learning (WIL). The new documents provide a practical toolkit for employers. Discipline specific information is also provided for areas which are newer to the WIL concept - Business, Creative Arts, Information Technology, and Law. Developed by the IRU, the resources have received input … [Read more...]

New dean at Murdoch business school


Murdoch University Newsroom   31 August 2012 Murdoch University has appointed internationally-renowned strategic management expert and education leader Professor Peter McKiernan as its new Dean of the Murdoch Business School. Professor McKiernan brings to Murdoch a wealth of experience and awards. He holds Fellowships from both the British and European Academies of Management. And international management development association CEEMAN has just announced that he has been selected as its winner in the institutional management category of its annual awards. Professor McKiernan held the chair of management at St Andrews University in Scotland for 19 years before taking up a position as … [Read more...]

“All of a sudden I could see a little flash of light. It was amazing.”

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University of Melbourne Newsroom   30 August 2012 The Age   30 August 2012   I didn’t know what to expect, but all of a sudden, I could see a little flash…it was amazing. Every time there was stimulation there was a different shape that appeared in front of my eye. In a major development, Bionic Vision Australia researchers have successfully performed the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes. Ms Dianne Ashworth has profound vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition.  She has now received what she calls a ‘pre-bionic eye’ implant that enables her to experience some vision. A passionate technology fan, Ms Ashworth … [Read more...]