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Institutional differentiation in Australian higher education

15 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… There is general consensus in the higher education literature that institutional differentiation is desirable (Meek et al, 1996; van Vught 2007). More diverse systems tend to perform better because they meet diverse student needs, are better equipped to stimulate social mobility through different access points and progression pathways, are better linked to labour markets that increasingly require different types of graduates, and allow for more cost-effective delivery of both education and research through specialisation. Concerns about the capacity of the Australian Unified National System to lead to diversity have been raised since it … [Read more...]

Tertiary education: where to from here?

Melbourne University Newsoom     |    27 February 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The future of Australia’s tertiary education sector is the subject of a new collection of essays by some of the country’s leading education researchers. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   Produced by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Visions for Australian Tertiary Education, presents a progressive and provocative agenda for transforming tertiary education in this country. Twenty-six authors, including 18 from the University of Melbourne, have contributed to the volume’s 12 chapters that discuss, among other things, … [Read more...]

University research and innovation seminar

  Wednesday   10 September  5:30-7:30pm (drinks and canapes from 5pm). 50 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With limited resources and a desire to exceed, Australia must focus national and institutional research priorities carefully, and ensure funding and dissemination yield maximum returns. Chaired by Leo Goedegebuure, join Paul Jensen, John McCallum and Dominic English to discuss these issues. With the decline of manufacturing, research and innovation edge closer to core business for Australia. But global competition is on the rise and Australia lacks scale and expertise. What is required to build Australia’s future research system … [Read more...]

The Scan #150 23 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Making a stab at fees poses grave risks: UA 22 May 2013     |    With Prime Minister Tony Abbott acknowledging that he can’t guarantee that university fees might not double, University Australia chair Sandra Harding says that there are “grave risks” in a precipitate move to fee deregulation, set to take place in 2016. As the new fee regime will apply to all enrolments after 14 May 2014, students enrolling after that date will not know the fees that will apply from 1 January 2016 until such time as universities announce their fees. In order to provide some degree of certainty and inform student … [Read more...]

Higher education policy seminars 2014

6 May 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Has Australia the imagination and will to create and maintain international pre-eminence in higher education? Key issues must be tackled across the next few years if an excellent higher education system is to be designed and built. …………………………………………………………………………………………………....................................   Since 2007 the University of Melbourne has hosted an influential series of high-profile public seminars on higher education policy. With higher education becoming ever more important to Australia’s prosperity it is essential to engage deeply in open discussions of how to plan and steer the tertiary system. The … [Read more...]

Coates appointed to lead CSHE

4 December 2013 Hamish Coates has been appointed to the  Chair of Higher Education at The University of Melbourne’s influential Centre for the Study of Higher Education, succeeding Simon Marginson. A specialist in assessment and evaluation, Coates focuses on improving the quality and productivity of learning, academic work and leadership.  Coates says he welcomes the opportunity to contribute to CSHE’s research and professional development: Universities have never been more important for our future, yet funding is tight and complexities abound. In coming years we’ll lead R&D that creates new value for higher education, helping to further build Melbourne as an international … [Read more...]

CSHE Newsletter August 2013

This week's seminar Wednesday 14 August, 12:30-2pm -------------- Internationalisation of the University as a Response to Globalisation: An East Asian Perspective Akiyoshi Yonezawa Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan In the 20th Century, we observed an expansion of higher education systems, first as tools for colonisation and then for de-colonisation. Global and regional collaboration in higher education has been strongly linked to the emergence of new nation-states, the rapid progress of internationalisation, and the emergence of regional dimensions of higher education under globalisation since the end … [Read more...]