Castan Centre for Human Rights Law 31 August 2012
Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Venue: State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatre, 179 La Trobe Street, Corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne (Entry 3 via La Trobe Street)
RSVP: email@example.com telephone 03 9905 3327
Paris Aristotle will discuss the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers in conversation with Michael Gordon, the National Affairs Editor of The Age.
IRU Newsroom 31 August 21012
Businesses are encouraged to work with universities and students to create mutually beneficial projects and placements that align with the curriculum – what is commonly known as work integrated learning (WIL).
The new documents provide a practical toolkit for employers. Discipline specific information is also provided for areas which are newer to the WIL concept – Business, Creative Arts, Information Technology, and Law.
Developed by the IRU, the resources have received input from industry peak bodies including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the Australian Industry Group (AIG) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA).
The Coalition says it has no plans to reimpose a cap on university places or to increase tuition fees despite media reports to the contrary,with opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne saying “while we welcome debate over the quality and standards in our universities, we have no plans to increase fees or cap places,”.
In his statement, Pyne drew attention to one point of difference with the government:
Only the Coalition supports bringing back full-fee-paying places for Australian domestic students, which are at present restricted to overseas students. This measure alone would give universities greater freedom to grow.
The Commonwealth government will amend higher education laws in an attempt to ease the red tape burden on universities following a spat between vice-chancellors and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority (TEQSA). Legislative amendments, due to be introduced by the end of the year, will allow federal bureaucrats to share more information with TEQSA.
Data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), suggest Australia should comfortably meet the government target of 40% of young adults aged 25-34 years having higher education qualifications by 2025. The surveys reveal that higher education aspiration among 15 year olds leapt from 49%in 1998 to 60% five years later, before easing to the mid-50s in 2006 and 2009. Nevertheless, experts caution that the LSAY figures should be taken with a “grain of salt” because of the sample size and different methodologies between successive surveys.
New academic standards will give special emphasis to learning outcomes. The higher education standards panel chaired by former UWA vice-chancelllor Alan Robson is charged with advising the Commonwealth minister on the first set of national higher education teaching and learning standards under the new regulatory regime.
A University of Melbourne study has backed tough government measures to “coerce” early school leavers back in to education….[Continue Reading]…
Universities face declining student demand in the face of online competitors which will erode income according to Warren Bebbington, the University of Adelaide’s new vice-chancellor….[Continue Reading]…
La Trobe University’s vice-chancellor says that La Trobe University’s most successful Open Day ever, with more than 19,000 visitors, was wrongfully disrupted by student protests against recently announced changes to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences….[Continue Reading]…
While South Australia’s universities are recording record enrolments in engineering programs, enough still isn’t being done to attract students, according to peak group Engineers Australia….[Continue Reading]…
30 August 2012 A dramatic rise in offshore visa grants points to the possible re-emergence of India as a key higher education market but onshore demand for vocational education and training, dominated in recent times by Indians, is weakening….[Continue Reading]…
30 August 2012 The Indian parliament has shelved its foreign educational institutions bill leading to mixed Australian reactions….[Continue Reading]…
University of Melbourne Newsroom 22 August 2012
The University of Melbourne will run a series of music workshops for teenagers in communities still recovering from the Black Saturday bushfires, culminating in a Melbourne concert. Six recent Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) graduates will work with woodwind and brass ensembles at schools in Alexandra, Healesville and Whittlesea, to support and enhance existing music teaching.
The students will then perform alongside the University of Melbourne’s Wind Symphony and the Royal Australian Navy Band in an afternoon concert at the University’s Melba Hall on Sunday 16 September. The project co-ordinator at the MCM, Anastasia Russell-Head, says the program will be a rewarding experience for the students.
Music is sometimes described as the ‘best medicine for everything’, and this program should give participants a strong creative outlet after what’s been a trying few years.
The event will feature performers from the Whittlesea Secondary College Concert Band, Alexandra Secondary College Concert Band, and Clarinet and Saxophone ensembles from Healesville High School.
Entry to the concert is by donation, with proceeds going to the Whittlesea/Alexandra/Kinglake/Yea (WAKY) Youth Music Network, which supports music programs for teenagers in the region.
The concert is supported by CatholicCare, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Australian Navy Band, Arts Victoria and Hal Leonard Australia.
Angry that the Group of Eight, led by University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer, is publicly spruiking for the removal of fee caps at the same time universities are attempting to agree on a joint position, UWS acting vice-chancellor Rhonda Hawkins has broken ranks and called for a more open debate on the issue.
Universities should be able to charge a higher student contribution for selected “premium” degrees, such as medicine, law, engineering and business, which qualify graduates for well paid professional careers – the higher the potential private benefit, the higher the student contribution. Under HECS-HELP, repayments are only made when a certain income threshold is reached, and are proportionate to income. And equity measures, such as scholarships to cover living costs, would further protect students from lower socio economic groups.
Vice-chancellors have warned politicians not to adopt the findings of the Grattan Institute report proposing significant cuts to public funding of higher education because they say it does not give sufficient weight to the public benefits of a highly educated population, such as lower crime rates and better health.
The institute is conducting a forum on 13 August in Melbourne to discuss the report. Speakers are Andrew Norton, director of the institute’s higher education program, and Peter Dawkins, vice-chancellor of Victoria University.
The University of Ballarat ‘s Menzies Affiliation initiative about widening and improving access to higher education in regional Victoria, not about salavaging Victoria’s regional TAFE network from the ravages of the Bailleua government’s cuts (although to the extent it proves successful it would help).
By accrediting TAFE certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, and work experience as the first and second years respectively of three-year UB degrees, the partnership [would] open a previously untapped market of 32,000 regional Victorians [providing] access to HE opportunities through UB’s partner TAFE Institutes.
In a letter to staff, Maria Peters, CEO of Chisholm TAFE Institute, has revealed that the Victorian Minister requires that Chisholm’s “Letter of Expectation” – basically, setting out how it plans to operate over the next year – should cover “consideration of opportunities to collaborate with other higher and vocational education providers to maximise the benefits and opportunities that the TAFE system has to offer.”
Victoria’s share of federal incentive funding for vocational reforms could be at risk unless it relents on cuts to its public TAFE sector, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans warned after meeting with students affected by the TAFE cutbacks in Victoria.
9 August 2012
10 August 2012
Tertiary Education and Skills Minister Chris Evans responds to recent ABC 7.30 reports on quality issues in the VET sector in Victoria.
I must say because the Victorian Government hasn’t referred their powers (on domestic VET regulation), our capacity there is much diminished.
La Trobe University is the only Australian university offering courses through iTunes-U, which it views as a shop window to full online degrees. It’s first-semester iTunes-U offering, which takes in the history, literature, art and architecture of ancient Greece to the end of the 5th century BC, has attracted a staggering 45,500 subscribers and still counting.
The Commonwealth government has awarded $42 million in new federal funding for medical research.
It’s the ANU Union election time. A student’s take on “Democracy… In… Action!”
It’s a veritable farmers market out there. We have the emergence of the new player, Fresh, alongside Union veteran (criteria: elected at least once) Grow. Just when you thought that we couldn’t get any more vegetables, another party has emerged into the election from a sluggish build-up, Back to the Future. While the name diverges from the salad analogy, it alludes to some sort of ambiguity to their policy aims.
25-26 October 2012 @ RMIT University, Melbourne
The future of diplomas and advanced diplomas is uncertain, while associate degrees are gaining in prominence. This two-day conference will debate and discuss the future of these mid-level qualifications in Australia. It will consider the role they play in preparation for work, as a transition to higher qualifications and in widening access to higher-level qualifications.
CDU Newsroom 19 July 2012
A research project aiming to reduce diesel fuel consumption in the Territory’s remote area hybrid power stations will not only reduce costs but also may help to improve the energy security for remote communities and reduce carbon emissions.
Charles Darwin University Centre for Renewable Energy Research Fellow Dr Kean Yap will work towards solving some of the electricity generation challenges faced by remote areas in the NT.
Dr Yap has been named Postdoctoral Fellow winner with the Australian Solar Institute and will be looking at ways to maximise solar penetration in stand-alone hybrid systems in remote areas using smart grid techniques. Dr Yap said:
There are currently several solar-diesel power stations and several hundred small-scaled ones throughout the NT, servicing remote communities and industrial operations such as agriculture. Due to their remote nature, these hybrid power stations are not connected to the main grid and rely heavily on diesel fuel. [The] study attempts to look at ways to increase the penetration of solar power in these mini-grids without affecting the long-term performance of the diesel generators. This requires smart control methods that are capable of being deployed in remote installations without ready access to service technicians.
Dr Yap said the research would also improve the overall energy security for such communities.
During the wet season, if flooding occurs transporting diesel to such communities presents a challenge in itself,” he said. “Most power station facilities have the capacity to store sufficient diesel fuel to last throughout the wet season, however there are circumstances where helicopters have to be deployed for diesel transportation.
Dr Yap will conduct his research at the CDU Centre for Renewable Energy with funding provided by the Australian Solar Institute and expert support from Power and Water Corporation.