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Academics join public protests around the world against Donald Trump’s immigration ban. David Whinham/Newzulu

University vice chancellors say Trump order threatens global research

Academics worldwide are calling for the US president to reconsider the executive order on immigration, which many say is damaging to research collaboration.
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2016, the year that was: Education

Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
Employers’ demand for critical thinking skills in new graduates has risen 158% in three years. from www.shutterstock.com

What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it?

Being a good critical thinker is a desirable and highly-sought after trait for getting a job in today's economy. But are universities actually teaching this skill effectively?
Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook. Richard Milnes/Newzulu

University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
Is it time to do away with honorary titles? Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Why do we still hand out honorary academic titles?

The decision to award former Prime Minister John Howard an honorary doctorate was criticised. So what are honorary titles - and why do we still have them?

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