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Upcoming election creates fears for university-based research funding
As the budget and the federal election loom, the medical research fraternity has growing confidence it can fend off threats to its funding. But those working in other research fields, particularly in universities, see themselves as easy targets for politicians looking to plug billion-dollar budget holes.
Lift school performance and the economy will benefit
There is a compelling economic case for the $6.5 billion investment in disadvantaged schools recommended by the Gonski review of school funding. Low achievement and low school completion among disadvantaged students impose high costs on the economy.
Universities need to protect the truth
Glenn Withers writes that when Harvard University announced that it was investigating 125 students for cheating in a single government class it showed that even at the world’s pre-eminent higher education institution, the classical virtues of truth and goodness were under siege.
MOOCs give pupils a taste of university
A new program in western Sydney high schools aimed at boosting university entry is using the latest trend in online learning – massive open online courses (MOOCs) – to introduce students to university study.
Torbay resigns from UNE
NSW independent MP Richard Torbay, who will challenge independent Tony Windsor in the seat of New England in the September federal election, is to resign as chancellor of the University of New England on April 20.
Chinese branch campus no threat to Australia
China’s plans to establish the biggest university branch campus in the world in Malaysia do not pose a significant threat to Australia’s international student intake, higher education expert Simon Marginson says.
Universities urged: build digital systems together
A leading US higher education innovator says universities need to work together to build the computer platforms for digital learning systems.
Politics coming before students: Langbroek
Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek has accused the Gillard government of putting politics before students in a deepening row over funding for schools, training reform and infrastructure.
La Trobe University’s collection of short maths videos, The Algebra of Everything by maths professor Marcel Jackson, ranked No. 1 on iTunes U in Australia last week and, even more impressively, made it to number 10 in the US.
Finding best Gonski formula is the acid test
Working out the most appropriate school funding formula is a complex issue especially with the government saying no school will lose a dollar in funding per student as a result of the Gonski reforms.