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Quid pro quo

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 22nd, 2010

Here’s an excerpt from a speech by Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research for the recent ATN conference, outlining government priorities for universities in 2010 (TEQSA, ERA, and Compacts):
Every university in the country should be asking itself how the results of ERA will make it look internationally.  If the answer is “not [...]

Gillard’s University Reforms

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 17th, 2009

Here’s a podcast from Radio National’s Background Briefing: Gillard’s University Reforms.
It provides a great overview of the outcomes of the Bradley Review and Budget 2009.  Looking to the future, it asks: What will be the mix of regulation and deregulation of universities?
Here’s an extract:
The fact is that no-one really knows what Australia’s higher education landscape [...]

Funding “excellence in teaching”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 11th, 2009

From The Australian on Wedneday 9 December 2009:
Education Minister Julia Gillard has warned universities that she will be looking for results as the government ties new performance funding to teaching outcomes from 2012 …
Ms Gillard said universities in Canada, the UK and the US have been outperforming Australian universities in terms of graduate satisfaction. And [...]

Higher Ed Summit interviews

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 10th, 2009

Back in May, I reported on the Higher Education Summit held in Melbourne earlier this year.  Informa have just released a series of video interviews from the event:

Martin Williams, Director for Higher Education Strategy, Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills, UK talks about how to boost and make a successful knowledge-based economy.

Professor David Battersby, [...]

Reminder: enrol for Bradley, Cutler and Budget workshop tomorrow!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 10th, 2009

Higher Education Reviews and News: Bradley, Cutler, the Budget and us!
Thursday 11th June 2009, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, E6A 116
Venturous Australia (the Cutler Report) and the Review of Higher Education (Bradley Report) were released in late 2008, with the Government responding to some of the recommendations (via speeches by the Ministers concerned) in March [...]

A Voice from China (10 June, MQ)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 5th, 2009

Due to popular demand, LTC’s visiting scholar Guangxi University, Liyun Huang, is repeating the following workshop:
A Voice from China: Understanding the expectations of Chinese students as they make the transition to University Study
Data collected in 2008 shows that international students studying at Macquarie spend much more time on campus than other students and that they [...]

Upcoming LTC workshops – Bradley review, Developing a research program

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 22nd, 2009

Click on the title of the workshop to visit the registration page!
Research Workshops – Developing a research program – Tue 2 June, 10am-12pm
If you are an early career researcher, this workshop is for you! In the competitive international research market, it is not enough to write a single paper a year. To ensure that you [...]

Further responses to Budget 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 21st, 2009

Following the celebrations reported in this blog last week, responses to Budget 2009 have been tempered.
The Australian reports that unis are facing a tough couple of years waiting for the money to start flowing.  Tim Brailsford, president of the Australian Business Deans Council and dean at the University of Queensland, said: “We are reliant both [...]

Responses to Budget 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 15th, 2009

The overwhelming response to the Budget’s “education revolution” has been a positive one.
The VCs are happy – Steven Schwartz describes it as “a ray of light”, Ian Chubb is “delighted”, Alan Robson and Sandra Harding were similarly positive.
David Barrow, President of the National Union of Students said: “Thumbs up for massive education funding, thumbs up [...]

The “universitisation of sandpits and playpens”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 14th, 2009

Bold claims from Elizabeth Farrelly in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning:
The Dawkins Revolution sprang from the inevitable clash between socialism and excellence. And no doubt he thought he was right. But Dawkins AO is to higher ed as Agent Orange to jungle villages of the Mekong delta. Decades on, the fallout just keeps on [...]