Torrens University officially launched

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Torrens University    |  24 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Former US President Bill Clinton has officially launched the private Torrens University, which accepted its first students this year.     Clinton is the Honorary Chancellor of the global Laureate Universities International, to which Torrens belongs. Clinton told a gathering in Adelaide: We know that networks of co-operation work better than geniuses acting alone or groups bent on destroying each other. You respect and take advantage of differences while believing that your common humanity matters more. The future of the 21st century, despite all these problems, should be the most … [Read more...]

ACER Higher Education Update July 2014

  As Australian higher education institutions begin second semester and the new academic year fast approaches elsewhere, the attention of educators is firmly on the common goal of improving learning and teaching in higher education for a positive impact on students today and into the future. This edition of Higher Education Update explores a number of different areas of work in which ACER research is contributing to this goal. Articles span the exploration of work integrated learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines; university completion for disadvantaged students; improving our understanding of the … [Read more...]

Navitas announces four global charity partnerships

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Navitas    |   27 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Private global education provider Navitas has announced four education focused charitable partnerships to support education and learning across Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Afghanistan.     These projects are funded via the Navitas Education Trust (NET), a vehicle for Navitas as a company to support charitable organisations and activities,to which Navitas contributes a set amount each year.   A proportion is used to fund education based initiatives developed in partnership with charities while the remainder is invested to generate interest for future use. The first project is … [Read more...]

Navitas steadies

The Age    |   28 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The chief executive and founder of education group Navitas says it’s highly unlikely there will be any nasty surprises among the 25 other university partners for which the company runs pathways colleges as a bridge to university education, after its dumping by Macquarie University. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Rod Jones, who co-founded Navitas in 1994 and led it through an ASX listing in 2004, says he doesn’t harbour any grudges toward Macquarie University after it made the surprise decision three weeks ago to end an 18-year arrangement, making it the first university to not renew an existing … [Read more...]

More students in higher ed, but it’s no more representative

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The Conversation   |    28 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Tim Pitman of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education analyses the latest data on equity participation in higher education.  While participation by students in all equity groups has certainly improved in raw numbers, all groups remain heavily under-represented. For example, participation by Indigenous people is about half their proportion in the population and  for low SES people about two-thirds. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… The 2013 student data has been released, which includes information on access for groups of students under-represented in … [Read more...]

Vicki Thomson to head Go8 secretariat

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Group of Eight    |   29 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Group of Eight (Go8) has appointed Ms Vicki Thomson as its Executive Director to succeed Mike Gallagher, who is stepping down after seven years in the job. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Ms Thomson comes to the role after more than a decade leading the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities. Ms Thomson is also a member of the Australia China Council Board and the New Colombo Plan Reference Group. The Go8 Chair and ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, says that the appointment of Ms Thomson will further strengthen collaboration on all fronts between Australia’s … [Read more...]

Tearing through Australia’s social fabric

29 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The prospect of university fee deregulation, as proposed in the Budget, has divided the university sector.  The Group of Eight is strongly in favour, with ANU vice-chancellor and Go8 chair Ian Young saying that, in an environment of declining public funding, without fee deregulation, the university sector is unsustainable.  The Australian Technology Network universities "reluctantly"  agrees and the peak body, Universities Australia is not opposed. But number of individual vice -chancellors have been strongly critical of the proposal, most recently University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker, describing proposed reforms, with … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter | 28 July 2014

ASQA reveals failure rate among training providers More than a quarter of all audits conducted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) since it was established in 2011 have identified serious compliance problems with registered training organisations (RTOs). Its latest Provider Rountable report shows that ASQA completed 3,652 audits between July 2011 and June 2014, with 72% compliant, 22% non-compliant and 6% discontinued or awaiting a decision from an ASQA Commissioner. The audits resulted in ASQA refusing 134 applications to set up a new RTO, 124 applications to re-register an existing RTO and 380 applications to add a new course. Almost 7% of applications from existing … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update | 28 July 2014

In Focus I want to provide some commentary on the following three areas: higher education, VET regulation and international education. 1. Higher Education It is really important for all private Higher Education providers to provide whatever support is possible to the proposed changes to Higher Education. I am aware that we will not all agree with some of the details but that debate is clearly secondary to the need to support the thrust of the reforms. Extension of choice to the private sector is a fundamental shift in higher education funding and is long overdue. Governments of all persuasions are happy to support choice between the public and private provision of … [Read more...]

University ‘reforms’ are a looming disaster

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The Canberra Times     |     23 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The prospect of university fee deregulation, as proposed in the Budget, has divided the university sector.  The Group of Eight is strongly in favour, with ANU vice-chancellor and Go8 chair Ian Young saying that, in an environment of declining public funding, without fee deregulation, the university sector is unsustainable.  The Australian Technology Network universities "reluctantly"  agrees and the peak body, Universities Australia is not opposed. But number of individual vice -chancellors have been strongly critical of the proposal, most recently University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker, … [Read more...]