OECD data can be a cherry-picker’s picnic in local higher education funding debates.
Australian tertiary education policy and funding debates are better served by domestic data.
In short, less advantaged students require significant additional supports, well beyond acknowledging their diverse pathways for entry into a degree program.
From 2020, ANU will require students to meet co-curricular requirements alongside ATAR. This significant policy shift is meant to improve equity of access, but won't change much.
Tanya Plibersek announced Labor’s plan to conduct a review of the tertiary education sector in March this year.
Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.
Employers’ changing demands for workers with higher education raises legitimate questions about how suitable current higher education is as preparation for employment.
Practical ways forward for higher education policy reform include fixing the dysfunctional relationship between higher and vocational education or government-sponsored analysis of the future of work.
Africa’s massive variety of languages should be celebrated and used in tertiary education.
Africa needs a new strategy for mother-tongue based bilingual education, from primary through to tertiary level.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
South Africa boasts world class universities. It must not allow their quality to drop.
South Africa must act to halt the decline and save its universities' well deserved global reputation of excellence.
New Zealand Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern holds firm on her promise to block Australian students from tertiary education if reforms go through.
New Zealand's Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern has vowed to take retaliatory action if the Turnbull government changes fee arrangements for New Zealanders studying in Australia.
Our higher education system was devised 30 years ago, so perhaps it’s time for change.
Degree apprenticeships are being rolled out in the UK. They bridge the gap between technical skills, employment and higher education. Is there scope for something similar in Australia?
Who will pay?
To misquote a famous politician: 'Politics is not economics, stupid!'
Universities and other not-for-profit entities typically talk about surpluses, not profits.
The fact that a university has a surplus doesn't mean it has a profit to be either reinvested or returned to shareholders. Grants, for example, should be spent on the projects they're intended for.
Kenyan medical and public health students provide healthcare to communities.
Kenyan tertiary institutions are learning from each other by sharing experiences on overcoming challenges they face during medical training.
Some 478 courses, including one in hairdressing creative leadership, will not be subsidised from 2017.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Women are likely to be disproportionately affected by the new VET student loan scheme.
Placing greater control over student fees will not lift the quality of student outcomes and ensure the integrity of the qualifications issued.
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education.
New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
Defying borders with education.
Could European based British University campuses offer international and UK home students a chance to escape fee hikes and travel restrictions after Brexit?
Students at the University of Science of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
For decades, higher education in developing countries has not been a priority for international aid donors. That is now changing.
Digital technology, and those who have grown up with it, are forcing the venerable lecture to adapt to the times.
Lectures and lecturers will have to adapt to modern times in order to stay relevant.
The government shouldn’t be trying to deregulate one half of the tertiary education sector while re-regulating the other.
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Before the government tries a third time to secure support for university fee deregulation, it needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and come up with a plan.
By letting students in who might not otherwise be able to afford university, HECS sharpens the price signal.
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There continues to be a lot of discussion about the future of tertiary education in Australia. Should fees be deregulated, places capped, interest on student loans charged at the bond rate? And on, and…