A vice-chancellor’s defence of the uncapped university system

The Conversation    |    26 September 2013 The vice-chancellor  of Newcastle University explains why we need to keep our universities open As the new government settles in, there has been heated speculation around major changes to the higher education system.  Education minister Christopher Pyne’s comments to the media have raised questions across the sector about the Coalition’s vision for universities in Australia. Universities will certainly welcome Pyne’s focus on building a more competitive international education market and reducing our regulatory burden. Government support for a concept of “earned autonomy” and an understanding that universities are prepared to be accountable … [Read more...]

Humphries waves a gladdie for the old alma mater

Typical Arts graduate

University of Melbourne Newsroom     |   30 September 2013 Entertainer, writer and broadcaster Barry Humphries has joined The University of Melbourne’s major fundraising initiative as a Campaign Patron, it was announced today. Believe – The Campaign for The University of Melbourne is the most ambitious fundraising initiative undertaken in its 160 year history by University, with a target to raise $500m.  The campaign seeks to secure investment for the University’s endowment to support student scholarship and experience, together with investment in the world leading research at the university – which seeks solutions to the world’s most significant challenges. Over 12,000 generous … [Read more...]

Australian Financial Review 30 September 2013

This is the Australian Financial Review's own summary of lead items in its online education supplement. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian Financial Review to view the full article. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne keen on easier post-grad residency for foreign students The Abbott government will look at liberalising immigration rules, including offering easier permanent residency, to encourage more international students to come to Australia in an effort to boost Australia's $14 billion a year … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 30 September 2013

In this edition Indonesia skills roundtable discusses closer links with TAFE Coalition plans to make it easier for international students to gain work rights TDA National Conference papers, presentations and gallery Latest news from TDA Green Skills Network Consultation on draft curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 E-Learning model gets the green light C.Y. O’Connor Institute in WA to offer agribusiness degree Northern Territory training awards Global students get a chance to win a year of study in Australia TDA study mission to Germany and UK Diary Dates Indonesia skills roundtable discusses closer links with TAFE Senior Indonesian … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 30 September 2013


In Focus It's all about you....  As this week’s article from National Chair, Martin Cass, makes clear – the most recent meeting of the ACPET Board led to agreement on a major change to how ACPET operates. In a move which has delighted our State Executive teams and, we hope, will delight members – we are moving to... Read more Featured Report on ACPET’s September 2013 Board meeting – a Note from the Chair  Dear ACPET members It is with gratitude that I write to give you an outline of issues discussed at the ACPET Board’s most recent meeting, having once again been elected by fellow Directors to the position as Chair of the Board for another twelve months. … [Read more...]

The Scan | #139 | 27 September 2013

The incomparable David Rowe makes a point in the Australian Financial Review

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne sends mixed message 27 September   2013   |   In his first interview as education minister, Christopher Pyne says his priorities are to “repair” international education, reduce red tape and review the demand-driven system.  Pyne said that international education issues would be tackled “sooner rather than later”, given the economic impact of a 20% to 25% decline in Australia’s biggest non-mining export industry. he nominated reducing universities’ regulatory load as the other high priority, guided by the recommendations of the recent … [Read more...]

Young Australians overqualified and underemployed


Foundation for Young Australians     |    17 September 2013 Only around one-third of VET graduates are employed in the same occupation as their field of training, according to a report by the Foundation for Young Australians. The report, How Young People are Faring 2013, is an annual series that provides point-in-time and trend information on the education, employment and transitions of young Australians. The report has shown a misalignment between the skills many young people have and the jobs that are available to them: firstly, that many young Australians are overqualified for their jobs; and secondly, that those without qualifications are finding it much harder to get a good … [Read more...]