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Uni fee deregulation will result in choice and value?

31 October 2014 Don't hold your breath, says Schwartz ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Steven Schwartz was vice-chancellor of Macquarie University from 2006 to 2012 and is currently director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Interestingly he is an academic advisor to Centre for Independent Studies, libertarian thinktank "actively engaged in supporting a free enterprise economy and a free society under limited government where individuals can prosper and fully develop their talents". With this background, you’d think Schwartz would be a natural proponent of university fee deregulation. You’d think wrong . In this opinion piece published in The … [Read more...]

Melbourne surges in overseas students

The Australian   |    5 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University of Melbourne has dramatically increased the number of international students it enrols and now has the largest number of any university in Australia. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Australian Education International data shows that in 2013, Melbourne had 14,165 overseas students studying onshore, leapfrogging the University of NSW with 13,123. Monash had 12,271, down from 12,581 in 2012 and 13,192 in 2011. Melbourne now has the third largest proportion of international students of any public university with 27.1%,  behind Federation University with 43.6%, most of which … [Read more...]

Navitas steadies

The Age    |   28 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The chief executive and founder of education group Navitas says it’s highly unlikely there will be any nasty surprises among the 25 other university partners for which the company runs pathways colleges as a bridge to university education, after its dumping by Macquarie University. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Rod Jones, who co-founded Navitas in 1994 and led it through an ASX listing in 2004, says he doesn’t harbour any grudges toward Macquarie University after it made the surprise decision three weeks ago to end an 18-year arrangement, making it the first university to not renew an existing … [Read more...]

Macquarie takes a new path

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Macquarie University is to end an 18 year association with private provider Navitas to establish its own c ollege for domestic and international students seeking a pathway from high school into university.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… The University’s pathway programs are currently managed by the private higher education company Navitas through the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT),  which operates the university’s city campus. SIBT has been providing pre-university Certificate and Diploma Programs. Upon successful completion of a SIBT Diploma, students can enter the appropriate Macquarie … [Read more...]

Macquarie staff to strike

The Australian     |     10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… NTEU members at Macquarie University are striking on Tuesday 11 March for more permanent and early career academic staff to address casualisation and ensure fairer workloads. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Management has offered staff a 9 % pay rise over three years in a proposal largely in line with recent agreements elsewhere in the sector of around 3 per cent a year. But the union is seeking 11% over three-and-a-half years, or just over 3.1% a year. The key disagreement is over the NTEU’s national campaign to get universities to convert more casual positions into permanent … [Read more...]

New Colombo Plan inspires global business degree

The Australian   |    1 November 2013 Macquarie University is launching a new bachelor of global business, thanks in part to the influence of the New Colombo Plan. The new degree combines language study, business units and a compulsory internship. To be offered next year, the degree can be taken with any of Macquarie's ten modern languages: Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Modern Greek, Polish or Croatian. Arts dean John Simons said the early intakes would be small, with a rather high ATAR entry score, to encourage the program "to be perceived as a relatively elite degree in the first instance". Now that the New Colombo Plan is being rolled out, … [Read more...]

University building crisis

Australian Financial Review    |    3 June 2013 According to Geoff Hanmer, university building stock is in a parlous state:  "the current valuation of assets is around $23 billion less than it should be, which is, conservatively speaking, the amount of money the sector will have to spend to get its building stock back to par."  And the injection of capital funding through the Education Investment Fund was inadequate and poorly targeted.  Of the $1.7 billion spent on higher education and research in the first three rounds of EIF, nearly $1 billion went to just nine universities out of 39: the Group of Eight plus Macquarie University.   Hanmer is a director of ARINA Hayball, an architectural … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 16 January 2013

As The Australian  is a subscription service, links will not work unless you or your organisation is a paid subscriber. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bradley proud of surge in numbers Denise Bradley reflects on the implementation of the reforms that bear her name.  Generally she 's happy with progress,  particularly that the government has persisted with and fully funded the student-demand-driven system.  She acknowledges that it's taken a lot of courage given how quickly demand accelerated, much to her own surprise, especially when the budget is under pressure.  She is somewhat less than sanguine  with the … [Read more...]

Melbourne top dog

The Australian    |    11 October 2012 Melbourne University's position as Australia’s leading university, as measured by various league tables, was confirmed with the release of the research-focused National Taiwan University Ranking.   Melbourne ranked 35 in the world, ahead of Sydney at 61 and University of Queensland on 72.  ANU, usually Melbourne’s closest Australian challenger, languishes in this particular ranking coming in at 172 internationally and 6th nationally Australia posted 13 institutions in the top 500 of the National Taiwan University Ranking. Australia has two top 10 institutions in specific areas: UQ in the subject area of environment and ecology which claimed the … [Read more...]

Job cuts continue

11 October 2012 "Downsizing" continues apace across th sector, reports the National Tertiary Education Union NTEU. Over 100 general staff at the University of New England (UNE) are slated to lose their jobs through a series of restructures. Thirty-six jobs have already got the chop in human resources, the printery and financial services with more tipped to go in marketing and public affairs and facilities management. Around 25% of academic staff in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University will be cut and hundreds of subjects closed down. While ANU has been forced to back down on its original proposal to declare all 32 academic and general staff … [Read more...]