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We should match Asia’s hunger for language
We in Australia can help our neighbours to acquire English. But have we considered what we can learn from them in building our own second and third language skills to fit us for the Asian century?
Politically desperate Gillard throws reform to the wolves
Here’s a political scenario. A prime minister wants to introduce a new funding formula for independent schools and, inevitably, there are going to be some schools which lose. But the independent schools are a very powerful lobby group. So the prime minister decides to introduce the reform with a proviso – no school will lose.
Coalition pitch to business
The Coalition has prioritised an Asia-focused student-exchange program as a means of strengthening ties with the region.
High-energy evangelicals go for growth
The small Baptist college that television preacher Jerry Falwell founded in Lynchberg in the US state of Virginia in 1971 has capitalised on the online education boom to become an evangelical mega-university with global reach.
Class sizes fall, so does achievement
While the ratio of students to teachers in all Australian schools has fallen consistently from 1998 to 2012, academic performance has worsened, compared to other countries according to the OECD.
The University of Melbourne leads other Australian universities in the number of articles its researchers have published in the world-leading science journal Nature in 2012.
It’s showtime for Australian MOOCs
Anyone interested in macro-economics or climate change can now jump online and take University of Melbourne courses in these subjects for free through Coursera. Melbourne is just one of 62 universities, all high quality elite institutions that contribute courses through the US company. And other courses provided by Australian universities are available online as well, through Open Universities Australia.
Harvard opens up its edX source code for all
Harvard and MIT’s massive open online course edX is part of a free education revolution. Now developers around the world have access to its foundation XBlock source code.
Cambridge Uni acquires Australian English-language test
Cambridge English Language Assessment has signalled it will push for worldwide recognition of one of Australia’s top English-language tests after purchasing a majority stake.