Australian Financial Review 24 September 2012


The Australian Financial Review (AFR) has run a useful tertiary education section, with 5-6 items,  in its Monday edition for some time.  But with the appointment of Tim Dodd (formerly media director at IDP) as editor of the section, it has been considerably vamped up.   The 24 September edition has 20 items, including a couple of opinion pieces by vice-chancellors and features by Erica Cervini who covered higher education issues (and may still) for The Age.   Like The Australian Higher Education Supplement and Campus Review, the AFR has a paywall, so you have to subscribe to access the online site (or pay $3 for the Monday print edition).  Massive Open Online Learning (MOOC) features strongly in this edition, with the news that the University of Queensland plans to partner with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the leaders in the field, to offer online courses free to the public and to pioneer ways of using the free online option for on-campus students.

Free online study shakes up fee-based learning
Never has a revolution been fuelled by a more absurd acronym. MOOCs, massive open online courses, have universities everywhere in a state of heightened consciousness, even fear.

Specialist MBA takes it to the next level
Specialist master’s degrees have proliferated in recent years, cannibalising some of the MBA market.

 Short, sharp and global MBAs, based at home
Investa Property Group’s Campbell Hanan has spent 18 months assessing business plans in Bangalore, working with a Silicon Valley software group, and pondering the decline of the French wine industry – via a local MBA.

Experience matters in executive MBAs
For professionals with years of management under their belt, there’s an MBA tailored to suit their experience.

Tap into a healthy specialty
Ever eager to tap new markets, business schools have developed specialist MBAs in a range of areas, including the Australian Catholic University’s new MBA in health.

Dig deep to gain an understanding
When Brett Poulsen decided he wanted to build on his undergraduate qualifications, he considered a range of study options.

Calling on the Indiana Jones factor
Renowned art historian and director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Chris McAuliffe, is on a mission to bring university galleries out of the shadows and into mainstream teaching and research.

Diary of a MOOC
The train ride from Sydney’s Town Hall Station to Macquarie University lasts 25 minutes. For a few weeks this year, the train is my classroom. I spend my commuting time learning a programming language called Python.

Hartley appointment at UWA
Leading economist Peter Hartley has been appointed to the newly created position of BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources at the University of Western Australia.

Early childhood education below OECD average
Research shows that early childhood (pre-primary) education has lifelong educational and social benefits, but Australia is a poor performer.

University enrolments growth at 20-year high
Census data reveals university enrolments grew the fastest in 20 years between 2006 and 2011.

Counting treasure
Universities are sitting on a mountain of irreplaceable treasures tracing the history and culture of not only Australia, but other parts of the world.

PhD students need to become masters
Macquarie University has struck a deal with the federal government which will allow it to proceed with a new postgraduate research degree structure aligned to global norms.

Universities must wake to the new age
Universities in Australia and other Western nations are property-rich, inflexible, slow institutions losing international market share with desperate need to cut costs.

Online MBAs: Modern class warfare
Business schools are revamping on-campus classes and using new technologies for online programs so MBA students can engage more with their peers and lecturers.

QUT keeps the dialogue open
What most MBA students want is conversation, says QUT’s graduate school of business director.

 University of Queensland teams with MIT to go online
The University of Queensland has joined the rush and will offer massive open online courses free to the public via the internet in the next two years. It will establish a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the leading US universities developing the courses.

Free online courses will change universities
The internet revolution has moved to education as top universities worldwide rush to put free courses online, setting up so-called massive open online courses or MOOCs.

 MBA | Editor’s letter
With so many types of MBAs to choose from, prospective students have never had it so good.

 Cost of an MBA varies by degrees

An MBA is a significant investment of time and money. And just as there are many MBA types on offer, so the price varies considerably.


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