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Economics vs knowledge

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 27th, 2010

Check out this thought-provoking New Matilda opinion piece: Why Unis Shouldn’t Play the Economics Card.
It’s a response to the Universities Australia call for increased funding of higher ed in light of the report Economic Modelling of Improved Funding and Reform Arrangements for Universities. The short version of the report is: giving [...]

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 [...]

Trends in global higher education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 4th, 2009

What do you think are the key trends in higher education globally?  Is an “education revolution” taking place across the world?
Take a look at UNESCO’s recently release: Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution.  The report identifies issues including the massification of tertiary systems around the world, the ‘public good’ versus ‘private good’ [...]

1957 Report on the role of Australia’s unis

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 5th, 2009

Check out the 1957 Murray Report on Australian Universities, made available by the Go8 because of the validity of its arguments for higher education today.
Note how the report begins:
[The Committee] had hoped to find that [Australian universities] were at present adequately staffed and equipped to discharge their heavy responsibilities to the students and to the [...]

OECD’s “education lighthouse”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 30th, 2009

OECD has launched an online exchange for education issues, called the Education Lighthouse.  It aimsto chart a way through the current economic crisis with info and analysis on the impact of the crisis on education, discussion of key issues such as education budgets and stimulus packages, and a social network.  Join here.
While you’re there, worth [...]

University World News

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 1st, 2009

Check out the University World News special global edition released today.  Of particular interested are these two reports:

The teaching-research nexus

In a perfect world there would be perfect research universities delivering perfect high quality courses, and the more ground-breaking research undertaken by academics the better their teaching would become, with new knowledge passed on to students. [...]