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Higher education news summary • December 2010

Higher education news: December 2010 summary

ƒ Newcastle Uni scores lion's share of Indigenous research funding


ƒ Melbourne Model students
ƒ Mine tax plan for uni fees 'unfair', says HECS architect
ƒ Push for probe into Youth Allowance
ƒ Adelaide is well placed as the world's friendliest city
ƒ Sydney Uni don dies of heart attack at Christmas
ƒ Remote chance of university for indigenous
ƒ Can Adelaide be a university town?
ƒ PM asked to back down on Youthstart
ƒ Student loan numbers surge
ƒ Funding boost for student mobility
ƒ Australia’s universities in strong financial shape
ƒ Crafting a Naming Opportunities Plan
ƒ Government helps rural and regional students attend university
ƒ Consultation paper on higher education base funding review
ƒ Fears Youth Allowance rules discourage uni
ƒ Publishing giant Pearson looks set to offer degrees
ƒ IRD gets tough on student-loan debtors
ƒ Worrying end to a troubling year
ƒ Newcastle Uni appoints first female Vice-Chancellor
ƒ Students pay high price for freedom
ƒ Adult entry application information: University of South Australia
ƒ Just how high can the Aussie fly?
ƒ All change for path to diversity
ƒ Students win cash back on old tax
ƒ What is intellectual capital? Does it matter?
ƒ Raw marks not the dividing line between success and failure
ƒ Designs on future as university reinvents itself
ƒ New university plans $300 million Adelaide campus with Bill Clinton tipped to open on first day
ƒ UTS sells to Defence Housing Australia
ƒ First indigenous Rhodes Scholar named
ƒ University of Ballarat expands into India
ƒ Huawei pours $250K in RMIT for future hires
ƒ Taxpayers pick up (Greens) bill for university education
ƒ High tech learning at UWS Summertime Series
ƒ Immigration Laws Cut Red Tape For Foreign Students
ƒ Massey gets $4m more, UCOL suffers funding cut
ƒ Monash University axes staff amid fall in enrolments
ƒ UK crisis sounds a warning to sector
ƒ Macquarie University's results not in jeopardy
ƒ Bill Scales re-appointed Chancellor
ƒ Casuals data hides reality on staff workloads
ƒ Sector pins hopes on TEQSA legislation
ƒ World-class HSC a model for reforms
ƒ When Student Behavior Becomes a Media Crisis: Mitigation and Recovery
ƒ UK: What students want - chapters, not books
ƒ University presses join to face e-book future
ƒ 2011 Higher Education Conference: 2-4 March 2011, Hotel Realm, Canberra
ƒ Tertiary students get in early
ƒ Banish Mickey Mouse from the republic of learning
ƒ A degree you can bank on: MBA
ƒ Universities remain places where freedom and creativity are celebrated
ƒ Universities no longer the training grounds for future politicians
ƒ Student unrest in Britain a good opportunity for NZ

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ƒ Majority of academics are casual


ƒ Student fees could fund political causes
ƒ Top students go backwards
ƒ A test for educational assessment
ƒ Student Unionism Speech To Parliament: Sophie Mirabella MP
ƒ CDU appoints new head of VET
ƒ At Bloomsburg, sober room ensures safety, revenue
ƒ Australian students fall behind rest of the world
ƒ Melbourne Model takes my breadth away
ƒ No student ought to be left behind
ƒ CLA: No substitute for hard evidence
ƒ Performance funding queried
ƒ Fees structure will remain capped
ƒ Innovative new building opened at La Trobe University
ƒ The Bologna Accord: a revolution by degree
ƒ UQ student gains first-hand experience of Timor politics
ƒ Higher education aspirations for Valley
ƒ Disillusionment in academe
ƒ Academic shortfall threatens universities
ƒ USQ bucks student downturn
ƒ For the children of Sanctuary Point, their future is what we make it
ƒ Majority don't want gov't telling students what to do
ƒ Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards support student talent
ƒ University of Queensland prepares for course cull
ƒ AUT student winners of 2010 PR Practice Award
ƒ Downturn Down Under
ƒ Casual approach to counting staff
ƒ University of NSW postgraduates find their voice
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Newcastle Uni scores lion's share of Indigenous research funding


ABC Newcastle
December 31 2010

More than $500,000 has been awarded to two Newcastle University researchers for their work in
Indigenous development. The Australian Research Council has allocated $150,000 to Kathleen Butler
for her investigation into Indigenous students' access to tertiary education....

Full article:
http://goo.gl/2qHge

Melbourne Model students


The Age
January 01 2011

School is out for the first batch of students to study under Melbourne University’s controversial Melbourne
Model. While some are happy with the new generalist degrees, others have been left with deep
frustrations.

IT WAS a radical idea: overhaul the Australian university style of teaching. Now, for the first students
who signed up for Melbourne University's Melbourne Model, school's out....

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Mine tax plan for uni fees 'unfair', says HECS architect
The Australian
December 29 2010

The architect of the HECS fee-payment system has condemned a proposal to use revenue from a mining
tax to fund free university education.

Economist Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University said the Greens proposal
was"inequitable" and "regressive", and would not help lower income earners. He said....

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Push for probe into Youth Allowance


The Australian
December 29 2010

NATIONALS senator Fiona Nash will push for an inquiry into Youth Allowance payments for university
students when parliament resumes.

The Coalition spokeswoman for regional education yesterday said a comprehensive inquiry was needed
to explore how Youth Allowance payments were too often seen as welfare rather than to address
inequalities in the access metropolitan and regional students had to a university education....

Full article:
http://goo.gl/rUutl

Adelaide is well placed as the world's friendliest city


The Adelaide Advertiser
December 29 2010

NEWCOMER Nigel Relph believes Adelaide should brand itself as "the world's friendliest city" .

Mr Relph reckons the moniker would help South Australia stand out in a competitive market as a
destination of choice for foreign students....

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http://goo.gl/yAPEn

Sydney Uni don dies of heart attack at Christmas


The Sydney Morning Herald
December 28 2010

GAVIN BROWN, a former vice-chancellor of Sydney University who held the post for 12 years, has
died of a heart attack at his Adelaide home after a Christmas Day lunch with his family.

"The universities of Australia have lost a great champion," said the chief executive of Universities
Australia, Professor Glenn Withers, yesterday. "Gavin Brown had the distinction of being vice-chancellor
of both Adelaide and Sydney universities. He helped transform each, while also promoting the wider
cause of science and the contribution of universities to the community."

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Remote chance of university for indigenous


The Australian
December 28 2010

THE recent release of 2009 university enrolment data shows that indigenous higher education
participation continues to increase with 10,465 indigenous enrolments (an increase of nearly 10 per cent
in one year, and 25 per cent since 2005) ....

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Can Adelaide be a university town?


AdelaideNow.com
December 27 2010

ADELAIDE has the students, but why isn?t it considered to be a true university town?

When Maureen Robinson touched down in Adelaide from Ottawa, the science post-grad thought she
was leaving one university town for another....

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http://goo.gl/KTPtX

PM asked to back down on Youthstart


The Australian
December 27 2010

JULIA Gillard faces mounting pressure to soften Labor's crackdown on youth allowance payments for
some regional students....

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http://goo.gl/Q88lT

Student loan numbers surge


National Business Review, NZ
December 24 2010

The recession-driven flight to university has seen student loans and allowances rise to their highest level
yet.

Year-end figures just released by Statistics New Zealand reveal 20,211 or 11.3% more people took
out a student loan....

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Funding boost for student mobility


Swinburne Media Centre
December 22 2010

Swinburne University has been awarded $641,000 by the federal government to fund its student
mobility programs.

The funding, administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, will
provide undergraduate students who choose to study at one of Swinburne's overseas....

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Australia’s universities in strong financial shape


Media release: Senator the Hon Christopher Evans
December 20 2010

Australia’s Higher Education sector successfully weathered the Global Financial Crisis, recording a
financially strong 2009, according to the latest aggregated financial report released today.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, released the Finance 2009: Financial Reports of
Higher Education Providers, showing revenue for the sector increased by....

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Crafting a Naming Opportunities Plan


AcademicImpressions.com
September 03 2010

At the beginning of the year, when Utah Valley University announced its intention to raise funds by
reselling the naming rights to its event center (at the request of the original donor, whose name was
transferred to the school of education building), we ran an article featuring advice from....

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Government helps rural and regional students attend university


Media release: Senator the Hon Christopher Evans
December 17 2010

The most disadvantaged rural and regional students will now have more opportunity to attend university
following the announcement of details of new grants under the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund....

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http://goo.gl/hrFpq

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Consultation paper on higher education base funding review


Media release: Senator the Hon Christopher Evans
December 17 2010

Universities and the higher education sector are today invited to contribute their views about the future
of higher education funding, with the release of a consultation paper by the Panel for the higher
education base funding review....

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Fears Youth Allowance rules discourage uni


ABC News
December 20 2010

A rural women's group says it is worried students living in some regional areas may be disadvantaged
under new eligibility rules for the Youth Allowance.

A Senate committee is conducting an inquiry into a bill that aims to extend Youth Allowance payments to
eligible students in....

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Publishing giant Pearson looks set to offer degrees


BBC, UK
December 14 2010

One of the world's largest publishers, Pearson, looks set to be given degree-awarding powers, as the
government seeks to open up the university sector to more private providers.

Pearson, which owns exam board Edexcel, plans to start by offering four vocational degrees with a
further education college....

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http://goo.gl/ZvMFL

IRD gets tough on student-loan debtors


The Dominion Post
December 20 2010

Inland Revenue will make an example of selected student-loan absconders living overseas, who are
collectively $191.4 million in repayment default, under new provisions that allow the....

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http://goo.gl/Bs4es

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Worrying end to a troubling year


University World News
December 19 2010

It has not been the best of years for Australia's universities. Not exactly annus horribilis but pretty close,
especially as 2010 nears its end and especially for the nation's biggest university, Monash.

With an aim of becoming a top 100 global institution (in more ways than one), Monash has six campuses
in Victoria and three overseas offshoots - full campuses in South Africa and Malaysia and....

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http://goo.gl/TMaMe

Newcastle Uni appoints first female Vice-Chancellor


ABC News
December 17 2010

The University of Newcastle has appointed its first ever female Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Caroline McMillen, who is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the
University of South Australia, will take up the role....

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http://goo.gl/TddJ3

Students pay high price for freedom


The New Zealand Herald
December 18 2010

Universal or voluntary membership? That was the question put to tertiary students in 1999 after the
National Government passed a law insisting they choose how they should belong to their student
association....

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http://goo.gl/b8Vkl

Adult entry application information: University of South Australia


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December 19 2010

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Just how high can the Aussie fly?


The Sydney Morning Herald
December 19 2010

IT'S been blamed for a fall in overseas wine sales. It's drastically cutting applications from overseas
students to our universities. It's keeping a lid on the local sharemarket. And it's one of the principal
reasons why property analysts are worried about the apartment market in Melbourne....

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All change for path to diversity


Glyn Davis in The Australian
December 18 2010

THIS is the sixth and concluding lecture in the 2010 Boyer Lecture series, titled The Republic of Learning.

TWENTY years after the period of great amalgamation enforced a single model for an Australian
university, there is a mood for change. This arises from universities themselves, which are keen....

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Students win cash back on old tax


The Sydney Morning Herald
December 18 2010

HUNDREDS of thousands of current and former students will receive partial tax refunds, after the
Australian Tax Office said it would change previous assessments to comply with a landmark High Court
ruling....

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http://goo.gl/swFEO

What is intellectual capital? Does it matter?


University World News
December 16 2010

Innovation and knowledge are fast becoming new measures of international economic growth
competitiveness with universities at the core. But measuring 'knowledge capital' or the more intangible
intellectual capital as a contributor to national prosperity is still a new field.

Potential for future competitiveness is increasingly based on aspects of the knowledge economy but
other conditions must also be met for a country to become richer, according to....

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http://goo.gl/rbY0G

Raw marks not the dividing line between success and failure
The Sydney Morning Herald
December 16 2010

Walt Disney assured generations of children that "if you can dream it, you can do it". J.K. Rowling has
put it this way: "We don't need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside
ourselves already." Both of which merely reinforce that old 17th century English proverb, "To him that
will, ways are not wanting"....

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http://goo.gl/LNI4s

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Designs on future as university reinvents itself


The Sydney Morning Herald
December 16 2010

AT ONE end of the scale is the $150 million ''treehouse'' business school designed by the world-famous
architect Frank Gehry. At the other end of the $1 billion reinvention of the University of Technology,
Sydney, is the $7 million Great Hall, which will soon have....

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New university plans $300 million Adelaide campus with Bill Clinton tipped to open on first day
The Advertiser via News.com.au
December 17 2010

FORMER US president Bill Clinton is tipped to come to Adelaide to open a $300 million Asia-Pacific
university campus. US-based Laureate International, which boasts former Mr Clinton as its honorary
chancellor, is....

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http://goo.gl/Ipb0C

UTS sells to Defence Housing Australia


North Shore Times
December 16 2010

The University of Technology Sydney has sold the land surrounding its Ku-ring-gai Campus to Defence
Housing Australia (DHA).

UTS vice-chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said the campus buildings and the land on which they
stand are not affected by the sale and UTS Ku-ring-gai remains an active university campus with....

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http://goo.gl/4sluL

First indigenous Rhodes Scholar named


Sydney Morning Herald via AAP
December 16 2010

The daughter of an outback stockman has been named Australia's first indigenous Rhodes Scholar.
Rebecca Richards, a University of Adelaide anthropology student, was also the first of her family....

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http://goo.gl/lQoag

University of Ballarat expands into India


The Ballarat Courier
December 16 2010

The University of Ballarat will be Australia’s first to open an undergraduate campus in India in July.
Vice-chancellor David Battersby said yesterday the New Delhi campus would accept up to....

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http://goo.gl/wmBKA
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Huawei pours $250K in RMIT for future hires


Computer World
December 16 2010

Networking vendor Huawei has contributed $250,000 to training facilities at Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology (RMIT) as part of its memorandum of understanding with the Victorian university....

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http://goo.gl/Sqk5C

Taxpayers pick up (Greens) bill for university education


The Australian
December 17 2010

A Greens proposal to reintroduce free university education for all Australian students would cost
taxpayers $23 billion over four years.

The estimate was included in yesterday's release of the Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations post-election brief to the incoming Gillard government....

Full article:
http://goo.gl/91FA3

High tech learning at UWS Summertime Series


UWS News
December 14 2010

Greater Western Sydney residents looking to get their creative juices flowing over the Christmas break
are invited to take part in a new range of short courses run by UWSCollege....

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http://goo.gl/DXVa8

Immigration Laws Cut Red Tape For Foreign Students


NZPA via Voxy, New Zealand
December 15 2010

International students will be fighting less red tape to study in New Zealand under new immigrations
laws, Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman says....

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http://goo.gl/HPZa9

Massey gets $4m more, UCOL suffers funding cut


The Manawatu Standard
December 15 2010

Massey University has received a $4 million funding boost for next year, allowing for more student
places.
But UCOL has suffered a funding blow, like many other polytechnics, as the Government turns its focus to
university qualifications....

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http://goo.gl/75i1a
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Monash University axes staff amid fall in enrolments


The Australian
December 15 2010

Monash University vice-chancellor Ed Byrne says staff cuts will form part of a significant restructure of
the institution.

ALMOST 400 staff at Monash will take redundancy as Australia's biggest university seeks to offset an
expected decline in overseas student income....

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UK crisis sounds a warning to sector


The Australian
December 15 2010

IN Britain, student tuition fees are set to triple and teaching subsidies slashed by 40 per cent, with the
arts and humanities most badly affected.

The question is, could such a dramatic reweighting of higher education towards private funding....

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http://goo.gl/pIq7u

Macquarie University's results not in jeopardy


The Australian
December 15 2010

SOME examination results withheld by industrial action at Macquarie University may be released after
a breakthrough yesterday.

The National Tertiary Education Union struck an in-principle agreement with Macquarie....

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http://goo.gl/BaX8v

Bill Scales re-appointed Chancellor


Swinburne Media Centre
December 14 2010

In a motion passed by Swinburne University’s Council, Mr Bill Scales' appointment as Chancellor has
been extended for another five years – from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016....

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Casuals data hides reality on staff workloads


The Australian
December 15 2010

INDUSTRY professionals who give one-off or occasional guest lectures are distorting official estimates of
universities' casual academic workloads.

University of Technology, Sydney vice-chancellor Ross Milbourne said he was not surprised that....

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Sector pins hopes on TEQSA legislation


The Australian
December 15 2010

THERE are hopes the federal government will release a draft of the legislation for the new tertiary
education regulator.

This follows a "constructive" confidential meeting in Canberra on Monday....

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http://goo.gl/EEXtV

World-class HSC a model for reforms


The Australian
December 14 2010

THE NSW Higher School Certificate will be used as a model for changes in the British education system.

The move is part of a study looking at the features of the world's best school qualifications....

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http://goo.gl/eiGBI

When Student Behavior Becomes a Media Crisis: Mitigation and Recovery


Academic Impressions
December 09 2010

Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions

As one news source put it a few days ago, Duke University "keeps getting in the news for all the wrong
reasons." The barrage of negative media attention to what are in all probability isolated and
exceptional incidents at the university (a recent alumnus detailing....

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http://goo.gl/fcyoY

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UK: What students want - chapters, not books


University World News
December 12 2010

It has become an axiom that today's students don't want to read whole books. Their attention span has
declined in the digital age, where surfing and scanning are the norm. They often want reading lists from
professors that consist of short articles and specific chapters rather....

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University presses join to face e-book future


University World News
December 12 2010

It was once said that the purpose of the university press was to publish as many worthy scholarly books
as possible without going broke. But university presses, many of them non-profit and kept afloat by their
universities, are becoming concerned about e-books - if they cannot keep up with the changing digital
landscape, many could....

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2011 Higher Education Conference: 2-4 March 2011, Hotel Realm, Canberra
Universities Australia
December 12 2010

Universities Australia is pleased to announce the program for its 2011 Higher Education Conference.

The 2011 Conference will break away from traditional program formats to create greater
opportunities for dialogue, analysis and engagement between the sector....

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Tertiary students get in early


The Waikato Times
December 10 2010

Applications to study at Waikato's main tertiary institutions in 2011 are up as competition to get a
place heats up.

Waikato University has seen a 31 per cent (8504 students) increase on this time last year in applications
from domestic students wanting to study there next year....

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Banish Mickey Mouse from the republic of learning


The Australian
December 11 2010

SOCIAL inclusion is a worthy goal but it must not come at the cost of academic standards.

IN the 1930s, about 5 per cent of Australians went to university. By the late 80s, the figure had risen to
about 25 per cent. If the Gillard government's targets are met, 40 per cent of today's primary school
students will attend a university....

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A degree you can bank on: MBA


The Australian
December 11 2010

AUSTRALIAN companies are knocking down the doors of leading business schools to secure the best
master of business administration graduates.

They're also reinvesting in training, and in turn increasing demand for part-time MBA programs, which
are typically well patronised by students sponsored by....

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Universities remain places where freedom and creativity are celebrated


Glyn Davis (Boyer Lectures) in The Australian
December 11 2010

This is the fifth in the 2010 Boyer Lecture series, The Republic of Learning. This lecture is titled Fired with
Enthusiasm

THE contemporary university is a place like no other, full of brilliant, passionate and independent-
minded people. It is not for the faint-hearted....

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Universities no longer the training grounds for future politicians


The Australian
December 11 2010

Universities were once training grounds for future politicians, but the pool has shrunk in the past two
decades as the campuses have drifted away from old allegiances. What does it mean for party politics
and the voters?

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Higher education news summary • December 2010

Student unrest in Britain a good opportunity for NZ


TVNZ
December 10 2010

Amid rebellion following the British parliament's approval of laws to increase university fees, Education
New Zealand has launched a marketing plan to offer British students a Kiwi alternative.

In a stunt to attract British students' attention, Education NZ has offered to pay the fees of Prince
William and Kate Middleton's future first child if....

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Majority of academics are casual


University World News
December 08 2010

Casualisation of the Australian academic workforce has long been of concern to education unions but
until now no-one knew the full extent. So revelations that casual academics far outnumber those with
permanent or ongoing employment have shocked the entire....

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Student fees could fund political causes


The Sydney Morning Herald
December 09 2010

Fees collected from university students for campus services such as sporting clubs can actually be
donated to political causes, Liberal students say.

The federal government wants parliament to approve draft laws that will allow universities to....

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Top students go backwards


The Australian
December 09 2010

THE number of high achievers is shrinking because all the attention goes to the weak.

THE results of the Program for International Student Assessment every three years are highly anticipated
in education circles and are dissected for years afterwards....

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A test for educational assessment


ABC
December 08 2010

What do the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results tell us and how much
weight should they be given?

The first thing to note, after years of educational success being measured by how much money was
invested, is that the OECD-funded PISA test represents a change in focus for governments....

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Student Unionism Speech To Parliament: Sophie Mirabella MP


WorldNews.com
December 09 2010

http://wn.com/Sophie_Mirabella_MP__Student_Unionism__Speech_to_Parliament
http://goo.gl/W86Wp

CDU appoints new head of VET


CDU News
December 07 2010

A member of the senior executive of the NT’s Department of Education and Training (DET) will join
Charles Darwin University next month to head one of its key portfolios....

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At Bloomsburg, sober room ensures safety, revenue


The Times Leader
December 06 2010

Bloomsburg University students found drunk sometimes wind up in a "sober room" on campus to be
examined by a paramedic while supervised by a police officer.

Usually, the students spend a few hours there until they sober up and the paramedic determines....

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Australian students fall behind rest of the world


The Australian
December 08 2010

AUSTRALIAN teenagers are falling behind the rest of the world in school because of a drop in academic
performance by the nation's top students....

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Melbourne Model takes my breadth away


The Australian
December 08 2010

THE Melbourne model doesn't work equally well for all students.

THIS year I come to the end of an experiment - on me. I am one of the cohort of students who began
their undergraduate studies three years ago at the University of Melbourne, in the year the Melbourne
model was launched....

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No student ought to be left behind


The Australian
December 08 2010

DRIVEN by government targets and financial incentives, universities are recruiting more students from
disadvantaged and poorer backgrounds.

But keeping them there, and positively engaged, will require a reassessment of teaching practices....

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CLA: No substitute for hard evidence


The Australian
December 08 2010

The Collegiate Learning Assessment measures skills judged critical in surveys of faculty and employers.

The CLA is one of several assessment protocols used in the US to measure parts or all of critical thinking,
analytical reasoning, problem solving, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics, and quantitative
reasoning, skills reflected in most college mission statements and judged critical....

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Performance funding queried


The Australian
December 08 2010

ROGER Benjamin, whose US education council is responsible for the Collegiate Learning Assessment test,
has cast doubt on the viability of performance funding.

"So far, performance-based funding systems [in the US] have not proved to be practical. A key reason
is higher education institutions are complex," said Dr Benjamin, president and chief executive of....

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Fees structure will remain capped


The Australian
December 08 2010

THE panel reviewing university base funding has ruled out an examination of fully deregulating fees
amid pressure to free up market forces....

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Innovative new building opened at La Trobe University


Media release: Senator the Hon Christopher Evans
December 06 2010

Staff and students at La Trobe University in Shepparton will have access to the very latest in educational
facilities following the official opening of an innovative five star green building at the regional campus
today....

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The Bologna Accord: a revolution by degree


The Financial Times
December 06 2010

The selection of the University of Bologna as the place for 29 education ministers to sign a
groundbreaking higher education deal in 1999 was more than prescient. Yes, it is Europe’s oldest
university, founded in 1088. But as no Italian university now appears in the top 100 of any....

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UQ student gains first-hand experience of Timor politics


UQ News
December 06 2010

UQ international relations student Jo Sampford never guessed that attending a small Tuesday-night
Oxfam forum in Brisbane would lead to working in the office of Timorese President and Nobel....

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Higher education aspirations for Valley


LaTrobe Valley Express
December 06 2010

INCREASING school retention rates and encouraging Latrobe Valley students to take up further
education is high on the to-do list of Victoria's new higher education minister.

State Member for Eastern Victoria Peter Hall was last week sworn in as the Higher Education and....

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Disillusionment in academe
University World News
December 05 2010

For many Australian academics there is a sense of a world lost, a conference of the Association of
Commonwealth Universities in Melbourne was told last week. Professor Richard James said mid-career
academics were under significant pressure, concerned about the sheer volume of their work....

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Academic shortfall threatens universities


University World News
December 05 2010

In the next five years, Australian universities will have to replace almost half of their academics, says a
report released last week. The report notes that fewer academics are now available to do the growing
amount of work yet the capacity of the academic workforce is shrinking relative....

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USQ bucks student downturn


The Chronicle
December 04 2010

USQ has bucked the national trend in which most universities have experienced a nine per cent decrease
in the number of international students coming to Australia to undertake tertiary studies....

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For the children of Sanctuary Point, their future is what we make it


The Australian
December 04 2010

This is the fourth in the 2010 Boyer Lecture series, The Republic of Learning. This lecture is titled
Becoming a Citizen.
PEOPLE expect university entry to be based strictly on the principle of merit. Elitism -- at least elitism
based on something other than intellectual ability....

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Majority don't want gov't telling students what to do


Tertiary Education Union, New Zealand
December 02 2010

Students held silent vigils outside MPs' offices yesterday in protest against the voluntary student
membership bill that will abolish compulsory membership of student unions at tertiary institutions.
The Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill is a member's bill sponsored....

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Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards support student talent


RMIT News
November 29 2010

Eight RMIT University students have been awarded $32,000 in scholarships through the 10th annual
Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards....

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University of Queensland prepares for course cull


The Brisbane Times
December 02 2010

The University of Queensland will cull some teaching and research programs in preparation for a new
tertiary education era that Vice-Chancellor Paul Greenfield said would affect the entire sector.

Professor Greenfield, who was elected the new chair of the Group of Eight universities....

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AUT student winners of 2010 PR Practice Award


Scoop.co.nz
December 02 2010

A highly successful public relations campaign for the New Zealand Rugby Foundation (NZRF) has won a
group of AUT Communications students the annual Network PR Practice Award.
The Network PR Practice Award recognises excellence in planning and executing real life campaigns....

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Downturn Down Under


InsideHigherEd.com
November 30 2010

Central Queensland University’s main campus is located in prime territory for mining -- of coal, natural
gas, nickel and precious stones (emeralds, rubies and sapphires). Australia’s is largely an extractive
economy -- its two largest export industries are the mining of coal and iron ore....

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Casual approach to counting staff


The Australian
December 01 2010

THE proliferation of the casual academic workforce is not being reflected in official statistics.
A new report has argued they may be conducting more than 40 per cent of teaching in public
universities....

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University of NSW postgraduates find their voice


The Australian
December 01 2010

OSMAN Faruqi is the first to admit he knows little about the needs and challenges of his university's
postgraduate population.

Which is why the 20-year-old environmental engineering and arts student has championed the
University of NSW's 16,000 postgraduate students....

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