Education

Australia’s tertiary education sector: small steps towards big change

‘Big bang’ reform of the tertiary sector now appears off the agenda. In this term of government, reform is likely to be more incremental in nature.

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Strong, sustainable, integrated and mutually-beneficial partnerships crucial for the university of the future

Today, most universities have recognised the importance of relationships with industry, but have not yet taken a full strategic approach towards this.

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University degrees pay dividends for men, but women still trail

With far higher numbers of young people attending university than in the past, the value of a university degree is often now questioned. But a new KPMG report, Is tertiary…

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Has our technical education fallen into a ‘polytechnic’ sized hole?

Earlier this year I was able to contribute to the KPMG Australia report Reimagining Tertiary Education: From binary system to ecosystem. In doing so I was struck by many resonances between the situation in Australia and that in the UK, most particularly England.

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Reach for the stars with trained minds and skilled hands: Reimagining tertiary education in Australia

In a report published today written with Andrew Dempster and Mark Warburton, I argue we need to move away from the binary division between higher education and vocational education and training.

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TAFE: champions of education equity and training

Through their support of key student cohorts, close community engagement, industry partnerships, and industry-leading training, Victorian TAFEs have a vital role in sustaining and growing Victoria’s prosperity into the future.

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Reconciliation needs quality education available to everyone and a strong connection to culture

What an achievement it would be that one day, all Australian children can wake up with the same chance to reach their potential, regardless of their race, location or economic status.

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Is HASS innovation’s ugly duckling?

Recently, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes challenged the dominance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in education and argued education needs to champion a wide range of subjects including the humanities.

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One size does not fit all: Why Australia needs diversity in degree offerings

The federal government’s decision in December to take a $2.2 billion cut to university funding will do little to bring about much-needed reform of the post-secondary education sector.

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Education systems, governments and employers need to work together to develop new ways of learning

Greater Western Sydney and other regions are on the cusp of transformative change. This calls for education, government and employers to work together.

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MOOCs – massive open online courses. Ugly acronym; beautiful idea

Here’s the thing about digital disruption; sometimes it takes longer to reach its full realisation than initially anticipated.

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Future proofing the emerging economy through education at all levels and throughout life

The parlous state of the vocational education sector was yesterday the subject of a spirited address to the National Press Club by Jennifer Westacott

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Is the demand-driven higher education system on its last legs?

Where new online and innovative offerings are beginning to threaten the traditional degree, is the demand-driven higher education system on its last legs?

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