Saying we’ve the lowest funded university sector in the OECD doesn’t paint the right picture.
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Many point out that in 2011 Australia’s public funding of universities ranked thirty-third out of the thirty-four OECD member countries. However the story is not so simple.
Simon Birmingham has announced the deregulation of university fees will be delayed until 2017 at the earliest.
New Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Turnbull government will abandon plans to deregulate university fees in time for 2016.
Labor want to position itself as the education party.
Labor has released a higher education policy intended to restart a discussion stalled by the failure of the Coalition’s deregulation package to pass the Senate. What is the point of the promised funding guarantee?
Kim Carr says that $100,000 university degrees are ‘totally unnecessary’.
Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr talks to Michelle Grattan about Labor's new higher education policy.
Labor has said it would immediately scrap cuts to higher education if it won office.
The opposition’s statement today rules out a number of the current government’s policies. Deregulation, as they’ve said before, but also plans to expand the demand-driven system.
Universities need to be encouraged to collaborate more, not compete more.
Currently universities collaborate with one another and with other sectors in myriad ways, greater competition through deregulation could discourage such collaborations.
Australia ranks 30th of 31 OECD countries for public investment in higher education.
What are some of the consequences for reduced and declining government funding for Australia’s university sector?
If Shorten wants to bring back compacts he should learn from the first time.
If a future government does decide to resurrect compact-like agreements, they should learn from the first two goes with them.
Females outnumber males at university, so should we be aiming to balance that out?
Targeting an increase in male student enrolments could lead to increased enrolments from high socioeconomic status students.
More expensive universities aren’t necessarily better, but international students usually think so.
International students are more attracted to universities that charge more, so would price equal quality in the eyes of Aussie students if fees were uncapped?
If universities increase their fees and students can’t pay their loans, should the university be held responsible?
ANU economists argue that Australian universities should have “skin in the game” on Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts.
Students need to be taught to be entrepreneurial and creative, not just the content in the syllabus.
With a future that is not yet imaginable, how do universities prepare graduates for the world of work?
Australia’s universities all have pretty high standards, so how to pick one?
All of the universities in Australia are of a high standard, so what makes them so good, and how do you choose between them?
Graduates still have good mid- and long-term outcomes.
A highly educated workforce is for everyone's benefit, but only if the graduates have broad skills.
The university experience means more than a piece of paper and a photo in a cap and gown.
We value the boosted career and wealth outcomes for graduates and what that does for our economy, but university has more value than that.
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university.
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Are the best parts of unis – students collaborating and sharing ideas – going to be lost in a mass university system?
When universities began expanding, they became more inclusive. While this is a good thing, scholars often look at their large class sizes and lament that half of the students won't set foot in the lecture theatres or libraries thanks to technology.
Promoting and funding teaching projects needs to be national, and not favour the elite universities.
A government office to support teaching has been put out to tender, but will the university that wins the contract be fair in doling out funds and projects?
Cuts to funding in education and research shows a lack of planning for the future.
You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. But the tinkerings to last year's education budget still mean a "fail" for education funding.
Despite being rolled twice, the budget is trying again with fee deregulation.
Today’s budget fails to provide any new incentives to a Senate that is going to need a strong reason to give the deregulation bill a third run.