ACPET Victoria VET Forum

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………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Tuesday 9 June, 9am – 2pm Rydges, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne $166 members $220 non members …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, will lead a number of prominent keynote speakers at this year’s forum focussing on the issues of interest to all RTOs. This compact half day forum will conclude with a member networking lunch. Key topics include; Volume of Learning- Chris Robinson, Chief Commissioner ASQA VET Reform - Rob Wood, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Skills Group Streamlined Visa Processing - Michael Ferguson, Director Education Policy DIBP USI - … [Read more...]

A glimpse into the first 21 days of a bee’s life

 Colossal     |     21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard and teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film and get a up close view of the first three weeks of a bee’s life in unprecedented detail. This project, for National Geographic, gives a lyrical glimpse into a bee hive — and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in the first 21 days of life.  With his incredible footage, set to music from Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem  in … [Read more...]

Constructive dissent keeps wheels of knowledge turning

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 21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Steven Schwartz, in looking at the Lomborg centre controversey,  recounts a story about Albert Einstein during his Princeton days; he was in the habit of posing the same examination questions every year. Confronted by the dean for his apparent laziness, Einstein explained that the questions never changed but the answers frequently did. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… This story is doubtless apocryphal but it makes a crucial point; science is always unfinished business. As they used to say on The X Files, “The truth is out there”— but we can never be entirely certain that we have found it. “Most institutions demand … [Read more...]

Grattan Newsletter 19 May 2015

  Budget Policy This year’s Budget might be good politics but the long-term costs of a timid budget are insidious and they fall heavily on middle-income earners, young people and people who are not even born, write Grattan Institute CEO John Daley and Grattan Fellow Danielle Wood in The Australian. The Budget is likely to keep more people happy than the 2014 Budget, but it not only does nothing to address Australia’s long-term budgetary challenges, it is built on denial that we have a problem at all, write John Daley and Danielle Wood in The Conversation. Three days after the Budget, Commonwealth Treasury Secretary John Fraser made his only public statement on the Budget and … [Read more...]

Australian Learning Lecture

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Learning Lecture (ALL) is a new public lecture series bringing big ideas in learning to national attention. It is a joint project of Koshland Innovation Fund and the State Library of Victoria.  The lecture will be streamed live. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The first lecture will be introduced by former governor-general Quentin Bryce and delivered by renowned British educationalist, Michael Barber, chief education adviser to international education company Pearson. He will explore the role of joy and data in learning and teaching. Location Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre … [Read more...]

High Wired

The Australian      |    21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Scan always checks The Australian's  offbeat but always insightful High Wired for its take on higher education issues.  The edition of 21 May is a particularly informative one. Here are snippets. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Cutting to the chase Amid all the welcoming noises about education minister Christopher Pyne’s review of the research training sector, HW was relieved to see the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations finding a different narrative. They made the (obvious) point that the review comes as the government is cutting the research training scheme by 10 per cent — … [Read more...]

New CEO at Melbourne Polytechnic

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Melbourne Polytechnic | 20 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Rob Wood has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr Wood  comes to this role from his previous position of Acting Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills Group, in the Victorian government. Mr Wood joined the Victorian Department of Education and Training in August 2014 as the Executive Director, TAFE and Tertiary Education Support and Oversight Division, leading support to and oversight of Victoria’s TAFEs and university relationships. He had to come to Australia with substantial experience in public … [Read more...]