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As crucial as the Australia-China relationship might be for Australia’s economic well being, the indications suggest the ups and downs may get rougher. Sam Mooy/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Australia isn’t avoiding prodding the Chinese bear

Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has warned that unless Australian universities act decisively, they will live “under the ever-darkening shadow of Beijing”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Academic urges universities to get out from under the ‘shadow of Beijing’.

Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused "many" vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
We need to have a more nuanced discussion about threats to academic freedom – not just a heavily polarised debate based on a poorly constructed audit. www.shutterstock.com

We need to talk about the actual threats to academic freedom on Australian campuses

The Institute for Public Affairs' audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Freedom of speech on Australian university campuses has been heavily debated this year. www.shutterstock.com

Special pleading: free speech and Australian universities

Glyn Davis lays out the evidence (or lack thereof) for the argument that free speech on campuses is at risk.
There are 68 regional campuses in total, located in every state and territory, with the exception of the ACT. Southern Cross University

A new approach to regional higher education is essential to our economic future

Australia's regional universities face many challenges that need to be addressed at a national level if we're going to keep feeling the economic benefit from agriculture we felt last financial year.
Gumtree Brutalism: the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (1968), designed by Queensland architect James Birrell, on the James Cook University campus.

Brutalism, a campus love story – or how I learned to love concrete

Academics are often in the vanguard of the fight to preserve heritage buildings but they are losing the battle on home turf as universities shed their 1960s and 1970s concrete skins.
Students aged 25 and over are twice as likely to drop out than students aged 19 and under. from www.shutterstock.com

Which students are most likely to drop out of university?

There are some factors which make students more likely to drop out of university than others. Here are four ways universities can help boost retention.

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