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Data point | How women overtook men
Since the early 1950s, when women made up only 20 per cent of Australian university students, the enrolment growth trend has changed in their favour. In 1987, women overtook men.
Bowen must push for extra funding for VET
The latest official advice to the federal government about Australia’s workforce needs has put its finger on a fundamental problem in our education system.
International students return to campuses
With 2013 classes under way, universities are celebrating the first growth they have seen in four years in the number of new international students.
China’s next great leap
Millions of Chinese pour into the country’s universities each year but they could face limited opportunities.
VET sector backs funding review
The vocational education and training sector has endorsed a recommendation from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency that the federal government commission a review of funding in the sector to determine the cost of delivering high-quality VET training.
Branching out, NTEU extends its influence
The union representing university staff will take on stock exchange-listed Navitas and medical research institute employers as it seeks to extend its membership base and influence by representing thousands of extra staff nationally.
Internet opens door to tertiary education
“A thousand-year-old industry on the cusp of profound change.” This is how global business consultants Ernst & Young describe the changes in our tertiary sector as a result of the digital revolution. It is a dramatic statement but it is probably right.
New schools tablet launched
News Corporation’s education division Amplify has launched a 10-inch Android-based tablet computer for schools in the US. The Amplify Tablet enters a market crowded with competitors trying to tap into K-12 classrooms in the US which spend about $3 billion a year on traditional textbooks, according to the Association of American Publishers.
Methodology with a rank reputation
The 2013 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings were released last week and six Australian universities made the world’s top 100, two more than last year. But what is a ranking worth?
MOOC watch | The Socratic social network
The master of Socratic dialogue, Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, has turned his famous “Justice” course into a MOOC.
The University of Sydney last week launched a $20 million multi-disciplinary research centre for tackling food security and environmental challenges.