Reports of the demise of the demise of the University of Canberra (UC) and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE collaboration project have obviously been much exaggerated. Somewhere along the way, the plan appeared to have come unstuck and a few weeks ago it was reported that the whole project had been knocked on the head by then Commonwealth minister Chris Evans. Not so: UC has advised The Scan that initial UC offerings have commenced at Holmesglen and more are to come…..[READ MORE]…..
Unpaid job trials and internships are on the rise in Australia, with young graduates at particular risk of being exploited, according to new research. Such internships, which are common in the United States, have become increasingly popular in Australia but a new report says the arrangements are actually illegal in Australia.It has prompted Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson to launch a crackdown on unpaid work experience.
The advice I’d have to any person in that category would be to say ‘look, don’t do that. It really is putting you at risk of being a long-term unpaid person”.
Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) chief Claire Field has declared 2013 the “year of quality”, with ACPET about to launch a new ‘health check’ to assist its members meet the quality framework. Initially the service will be available to members with re-registration audits scheduled this year but will be extended to an ‘annual’ check on a private training provider’s compliance with the regulatory framework. Field points out that the service is “just that, a service”, so it will be at a provider’s discretion if, and when, it uses it. But she warns that ACPET can only go into bat for members wihch have acted on its advice…..[READ MORE]…..
Leveraging changing attitudes towards the legitimacy of online education in 2012, mainly through the agency of MOOCs, Australia’s pioneering and premier online tertiary provider, Open Universities Australia (OUA), is embarking on a different journey from its competitors in 2013, says OUA chief Paul Wappett…..[READ MORE]…..
Following Senate Estimates Committee hearings, the opposition claimed the viability of the CSIRO’s highly successful wireless technology research division is under threat. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark revealed at the hearing of the Economics committee that a portion of wireless licensing revenue would be siphoned off to the government, with further job cuts in the wireless division also possible…..[READ MORE]…..
Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, of the UNSW School of Physics, has received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. The award honours academics who have made an outstanding contribution through fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights that have a significant impact on their field of endeavour ….[READ MORE]…..
The second edition of the Australian Qualifications Framework, published in January, incorporates changes approved by the AQF Council to the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and the changed regulatory arrangements for the AQF….[READ MORE]…..
12 February 2013 | A Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) has highlighted the ongoing cost of delays in implementing international student visa reforms to the Australian economy. Deloitte’s analysis reflects a continuing decline in the international education sector’s export income of almost $2 billion per annum, with financial year activity reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at $14.7 billion in 2011-2012, compared to the peak of $18.1 billion in 2009-2010…..[READ MORE]…..
12 February 2013 | The Gillard government’s compact agreements with universities have been slammed Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor Andrew Vann as weak with little funding attached to drive behaviour and no real power to steer the new demand-led market for students. Vann told a seminar on mission diversity and profiling at the LH Martin Institute in Melbourne on 8 February that the agreements can simply be ignored by institutions…..[READ MORE]…..
12 February 2013 | The Greens have accused the federal government of reneging on an agreement with the crossbenchers by calling off a potentially embarrassing vote on research funding. But the government denies the charge, saying the vote is still to be scheduled in a jam-packed parliamentary session…..[READ MORE]…..
15 February 2013 | Australia has managed to improve equity in education, but that hasn’t stopped it slipping on performance according to new research from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The OECD analysed the link between a student’s academic performance and their socio-economic background, based on test results from its Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009.
The research showed that across OECD countries socio-economically disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to advantaged students. Advantaged students score at a level that puts them around two years ahead of their disadvantaged peers, according to the analysis.
But the results also showed some countries are doing a better job at closing the gap, whilst maintaining performance, than others. These include Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, China, Iceland, Korea, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Australia managed a small increase in equity in the years between 2000 and 2009, but saw a statistically significant decline in performance. Australia sits alongside the US and New Zealand in the quadrant of countries with high performance and low equity levels.
15 February 2013
The manner of Benedict’s going – by retirement/resignation/abdication, call it what you will – has created a lot of comment. But if Benedict had gone in the normal way – death- that would have been just as newsworthy. The going of a Pope of course leads to a new Pope through what might be called the world’s most exclusive election, as Barney Swartz describes it in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald:
…where 120 elderly men employing ancient rituals amid great ceremony set the course for …the 1.2 billion people who call themselves Catholic.
The last Pope to retire/resign/abdicate was Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1405 in order to resolve a conflict that saw three men claiming to be Pope.
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The new TDA National Scholarships Foundation incorporating the highly-regarded Mick Young Scholarships for disadvantaged students will be formally launched at a special dinner in Sydney on Friday 1 March 2013.
27 February-1 March 2013
National Convention Centre Canberra
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