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Monash to pull out of Berwick

Cites "lack of demand" ABC News  |    8 March 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Monash University says it will close its Berwick campus in Melbourne's outer south-east unless it can partner with another university on the site. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The university said it will stop teaching at Berwick by the end of 2018 after a deal with Victoria University (VU) to use the campus fell through. Monash University's pro vice-chancellor Professor Leon Piterman said negotiations with VU to use the site had gone on for some time. "With students with lower ATARs achieving entry into VU, they would potentially meet the needs of the region better than what … [Read more...]

Simon McKeon appointed Monash chancellor

Monash News  21 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon AO has been appointed by Monash University Council as the new Chancellor of Monash University. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr McKeon succeeds Dr Alan Finkel AO, who has served as Chancellor since January 2008. Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said she is looking forward to working with Mr McKeon. His leadership and vision will be instrumental in continuing Monash’s outstanding success in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving sector and supporting its goals to enhance its students’ … [Read more...]

Monash to exit Berwick…?

The Australian    |     11 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Monash University will make a decision about the fate of its Berwick campus by the end of the year, with discussions about divesting the 2000-student facility to another higher education provider already under way. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… A possible departure from Berwick would follow Monash’s exit from its Gippsland campus, which is now run by Federation University after a transfer in January last year. “Monash is discussing options to enhance provisions of opportunities in the southeast, including at Berwick, with other providers who could offer coursers aligned to the needs of students … [Read more...]

Uni surpluses don’t reflect “underlying position”

The Australian | 16 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Victoria’s vice-chancellors have warned that their universities’ surpluses are artificially “inflated” and may bear little relation to reality. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Among other pressures, the end of the Education Infrastructure Fund means need to generate healthy surpluses to fund future investments. Victorian Vice Chancellor’s Committee chair and La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar says: This is the only way a university can fund a capital program given that there are no longer any sources of government funds for capital projects. By and large, universities operate with very low … [Read more...]

Australian unis rate highly

The Australian    |    19 November 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) global ranking which rates in order 2000 universities has placed all Australian universities in the 2000 (10% of universities) ranging from the University of Melbourne at 29 to the University of Notre Dame at 1670.  URAP puts five local institutions in its top 100 and 18 in its top 500. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In addition to Melbourne, the ranking places Sydney (30), Queensland (51), Monash (64) and University of NSW (78) in the top 100. The Australian National University, which in other ranking systems is usually close by to … [Read more...]

The Scan # 148 13 March 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Shake up for rental scheme 13 March 2014   |    The government has flagged a shake-up of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) in the wake of revelations the program has been manipulated to build student housing that is being let to wealthy foreign students. Two developers behind an 823-bed NRAS development in Sydney  tapped more than $80 million in subsidies to construct a building to be filled largely by international students. Universities have also snapped up thousands of NRAS incentives to build large blocks of studio accommodation that is often taken up by fee-paying international … [Read more...]

Monash first to acquire a new brand Top-Level Domain

Monash News     |     20 January  2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Monash University has become the first globally recognised organisation to be delegated a brand Top-Level Domain (TLD). ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The New TLD Program has been developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet’s global governing body, to provide competition and choice to current Top-Level Domains such as .com, .info, .net, and .org. With over 1,900 applications received by ICANN, 2014 will see the staged release of approximately the first 1,000 Top-Level Domains to the Internet ecosystem, seen as one of the largest changes … [Read more...]

EBAs: Monash settle – Swinburne, Macquarie and UQ unsettled

10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and Monash University have reached in-principle agreement on a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) , following strike action on 3 March, while NTEU and Swinburne appear headed to court. Staff are striking at Macquarie and Queensland over pay and workload issues. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The deal provides for  a salary increase going forward of 13% for the life of the new agreement, in addition to the 2% administrative pay rise which Monash University staff received last year making a total salary increase of 15% to be delivered by 30 June … [Read more...]

Big six dominate rankings

The Australian | 26 February 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Six universities have so dominated the latest international ranking of performance across 30 subject areas they have taken out 141 of the available 150 top five places nationally. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Melbourne was once again named Australia’s best performing university in the QS World University Ranking by Subject being placed first nationally in 12 of the 30 disciplines. Its best performance was in education, where it was named the second best faculty in the world, behind the University of London’s Institute of Education, up from third last year. Melbourne also took the … [Read more...]

The Scan December 2013

2 January 2014 .......................................................................................................................................................................................... The 10 most viewed items on The Scan in December 2013, in order. .......................................................................................................................................................................................... Maddock steps down 2 December 2013    |   John Maddock, chief executive of Box Hill Institute in Melbourne has announced he will step down from the role at the conclusion of his contract on 7 December.After 14 years as chief executive, … [Read more...]