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In third place, Oxford University is the top UK institution in the World University Rankings 2014-15. Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

What do world university rankings actually mean?

From the “best beaches” to the “best slice of pizza” to the best hospital to have cardiac surgery in, we are inundated with a seemingly never-ending series of reports ranking everything that can be ranked…
American universities are higher in the rankings than Australia could dream of, but the way to get there isn’t through price competition. That’s not how America got there. Flickr/Ryan Kelly

Copying the myth of competitive excellence in US higher education

US universities consistently top the Times Higher Education and Shanghai Rankings of the world’s universities. In the 2013-2014 Times Rankings, seven of the top ten and 21 of the top 30 global universities…
Australia seeks to emulate the US system of higher education, while the US seeks to move away from a system that isn’t working for all. Flickr/McBeth

The costs of the ‘great cost shift’: lessons from the US

The US system of higher education, while lauded as a model to be emulated by the Australian government, is facing harsh criticism on home soil. With up to US$1 trillion in student debt owed to the government…
Could company-funded P-TECH schools like in the US work in Australia? Is this where education is headed? Flickr/IBMphoto24

Corporate highs: the US P-TECH model for schools in Australia?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early Career High) school in New York last week, hinting it’s a model of education we should consider implementing in Australia. The…
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The box-ticking future of a university education

Among the many changes currently sweeping through US public universities is a move away from traditional seat-time in class. Known as “competency-based education”, it is often done online, asking students…

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