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Pyne must release full details of higher education policy impacts

Education Minister Christopher Pyne

Pyne’s comments in today’s Australian clearly demonstrate a Minister who doesn’t know his own policy and who is making it up on the run. Christopher Pyne and the Coalition have cut higher education funding by 20 per cent. The NTEU has shown that fees will need to increase by at least 30 per cent, and Melbourne University have said 60 ... Read More »

Half of university students failing to connect

Australian Universities

BY JULIE HARE Just half of all students had a sense of belonging with their university last year and less than half interacted with fellow ­students outside study time, a national report on the student experience reveals. And while students are largely satisfied with their teachers, they say student services are sadly lacking and have little or no relevance to ... Read More »

Demand drives increase in casual staff at universities

Australian Universities

BY BERNARD LANE AND JULIE HARE Casual staff on campus increased by 17 per cent in the latest official count as universities hedged their bets against the uncertain student numbers of the demand-driven system. In 2013, estimated casuals rose 17.4 per cent to 22,958 full-time equivalent staff, the biggest increase since 2010, when partial de-regulation of student places began to ... Read More »

Universities Australia boss Glyn Davis calls for higher taxes to boost teacher standards

Taxes should rise to improve university teacher quality, the head of Universities Australia says. Glyn Davis, who is also vice chancellor of Melbourne University, made the call while launching a $5 million pre-election ad campaign promoting the sector and calling for a multi-billion dollar boost in federal funding. Professor Davis said Australia spent too little on university teaching by world ... Read More »

Southern Cross University welcomes unified vision for nation’s universities

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University has welcomed the release of a comprehensive education policy agenda by Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s 39 universities. ‘A Smarter Australia’ is aimed at ensuring the central role of universities in Australia’s future is recognised. Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor and Universities Australia board member Professor Peter Lee said the statement was an important document ... Read More »

China, Australia to expand exchanges of students, academics

By Joseph Xiaojun Zhang Aligned with what Australian policymakers are now calling the Asian Century, China has become Australia’s chief partner in cooperation among students and academics in what is called “knowledge partnership.” A report released last week by Universities Australia, an umbrella organization of Australian universities, said that the country has 39 universities with formal agreements with Chinese partner ... Read More »

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