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The Scan’s year

Summer edition 2016 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scan in 2015 This year’s top ten reads were heavily skewed towards the “VET crisis” and attempts by authorities (rather belatedly in our view) to stamp out the obvious rorting, particularly in VET FEE-HELP funding, which has been truly scandalous. In fact, the number one post this year on The Scan is also the number one post of all time and by quite a bit. If you enter “rorting” in the … [Read more...]

Universities Australia News

A spirit of optimism has buoyed the sector in recent months. We anticipate a further boost to confidence with the Turnbull Government's release of its Innovation and Science Agenda. For this HIGHER ED.ITION, we’ve invited opinion pieces from some key figures across the sector. Stay tuned for others early next year. In one of his first opeds in the portfolio, Education Minister Simon Birmingham lays out some key challenges: how to fund higher education sustainably, how to stimulate even more excellence and innovation, how to expand the impact of publicly-funded research, and how to reach a consensus on the higher education needs of students, industry and institutions. In his contribution, … [Read more...]

More or less regulation?

The Conversation     |    23 March 2015 Seeking coherence in tertiary education ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The federal government’s proposed higher education reforms failed spectacularly in the Senate again last week. Before the government tries a third time to secure support for a policy that has been difficult to sell, Swinburne University vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson writes that the government  needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and think carefully about how to move forward. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australians rejected deregulation because it wasn’t fair for all The debate has advanced since the … [Read more...]

Setting non-university student subsidy gets tricky

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Higher Education Legislation and Financing Working Group having delivered its advice to the government on extending public subsidies to student places at non-university higher education providers, the speculation is that it will be proposing a considerably lower rate for these providers and for sub-degree programs. The Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) isn’t particularly happy. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… A review of budget documents by The Australian indicates that if the higher education reforms announced in the Budget are implemented, undergraduates can expect to attract an … [Read more...]

Group of 8 Newsletter June 2014

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents Higher Education reform progresses Micro-economic reform of the Australian higher education industry: Implications of the Abbott Government’s Budget of 13 May 2014 New policy notes focus on Research 'Science without Borders’ holds roadshow in Brazil Go8 Early Career Researchers meet Nobel Laureates at Lindau Research with Impact: Cutting-edge pipeline research improves the design of offshore oil and gas pipelines Calendar of Events. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   … [Read more...]

Pyne challenges unis on fees

Fairfax Media   |    26 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Education minister Christopher Pyne has challenged universities not to increase fees for current school leavers, saying it is their call whether to include them in a deregulated fee system from 2016. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Following a wave of criticism, in an interview with Fairfax Media, Pyne called on vice-chancellors to embrace the freedom he is offering them through a deregulated fee system and wave through students who enrol next year under the existing capped fee system. University leaders voiced fears that as many as 160,000 school leavers and mature-aged students who could enrol … [Read more...]