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Pyne keen on easier post-grad residency for foreign students
The Abbott government will look at liberalising immigration rules, including offering easier permanent residency, to encourage more international students to come to Australia in an effort to boost Australia’s $14 billion a year education export industry.
Mobile phones in class a smart solution
Smartphones are a 21st-century distraction for professors lecturing to a room full of undergraduates, but the University of Technology Sydney is using them to find out if their students understand course material.
Pyne confronts portfolio’s complexity
Christopher Pyne is at last in a senior political role and let’s assume that now his luck has turned and he’s got a few years ahead of him in the job. But already one of his priorities as Minister for Education, banning the student services fees in universities, has had to be sacrificed.
Reading experts praise Pyne’s approach
An author of a new paper on using phonic skills to improve children’s reading has welcomed the commitment by new Education Minister Christopher Pyne to return to direct instruction in schools.
Regulation fails if the touch is too heavy
When I became Murdoch University’s vice-chancellor in 2011, I was told we would be among the first universities to undergo the registration process of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). My education on regulation was about to take a new turn.
Evaluation inadequate, says AIM
The Australian Institute of Management says fewer organisations are formally evaluating their training, learning and development programs.
Universities must create their own revenue, says Pyne
The new Education Minister Chris Pyne is laying out his manifesto, which includes finding ways for universities to create revenue that doesn’t rely on government funding.
MOOC watch | Degrees in providers’ sights
Coursera and edX, the two largest providers of massive open online courses, are inching closer to offering degree programs.
TAFE asks govt for Asia teacher scholarships
Technical and further education colleges are asking the Abbott government to extend its New Colombo Plan to provide scholarships for Australian trade teachers to fill skills shortage gaps in Asia, so students are trained in their own country and teachers gather experience in Asian countries.
Decent colleges will provide competition for unis
Many of our young people leave private schools to enter our overburdened and overcrowded universities. Philanthropy does not flow to universities in the same way as in America, for example, and it leaves our universities poor in comparison.
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Melbourne Uni appoints Barry Humphries to fund-raising campaign
Entertainer Barry Humphries is the new patron of the University of Melbourne’s ambitious campaign to raise $500 million by 2017.