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James Cook University vice-chancellor Sandra Harding has been elected to a two-year term as president of the university peak body, Universities Australia.
Target specific research areas with upfront grants
The chief scientist, Ian Chubb, has called on the federal government to offer upfront incentives to undergraduate students to take courses in disciplines which match national research priorities.
Over-regulation of universities stifles innovation
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Too much regulation in the higher education sector is a concern, and if it is not checked it could threaten the basic principle of academic freedom, writes Fred Hilmer, chair of the Go8.
Posts to Asia cut in AEI review
The federal government is cutting its education counsellor posts in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The federal opposition is preparing policy options for online learning, and its review, to be completed by next month, will ask questions including how online technology can improve existing campus-based teaching.
Sydney MBA seven-year hitch ends
The University of Sydney is teaching a standard master of business administration degree for the first time in seven years, following the start of a new course on Friday. After a hiatus following the 2005 collapse of the university’s joint MBA with the University of NSW, the new degree is under way at a campus in Castlereagh Street, in Sydney’s CBD.
Award for AFR journalists
The Australian Financial Review’s education reporter, Joanna Mather, has been named the 2013 Higher Education Journalist of the Year in the Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards.
Abbott of academic interest
Universities crossed a watershed in their relationship with the federal government last week. Not this government – the next one come the September 14 election.
Universities greet Abbott plan with relief, optimism
Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson says that Tony Abbott’s comments about stability and consultation from a Coalition government are heartening. For a sector that has undergone massive change in recent years – albeit much of it welcome – a period of policy stability is in order, she says.
MOOCs take the next steps in learning
On the edge of Silicon Valley, the cradle of the world’s technical innovation for the past 50 years, the next steps are being taken in education’s online revolution.
Gonski one step at a time: BCA
Business and industry groups have identified further structural changes, including fee deregulation and formal links with employers, to ensure universities are meeting labour force needs amid damning claims about literacy levels among graduates of schooling, vocational education and universities.