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In a speech to a Universities Australia dinner, Education Minister Simon Birmingham stressed that he would not rush into a new higher education policy. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government still wants to increase students' contribution to university funding

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has flagged that the government is still committed to reconsidering the balance between what students and governments pay for higher education.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has been consulting extensively on a university policy, but has not yet announced one. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government's plans for it, Universities Australia is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum.
In the absence of public appetite to invest in public education, a measure of fee deregulation is the only way left to fund education quality to a reasonable standard. AAP/Alan Porritt

Glyn Davis: why I support the deregulation of higher education

Over recent weeks, some staff have written to vice-chancellors, urging them to reject the university deregulation measures advocated by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Public universities…
Should universities stick to higher learning and leave on-the-job training to employers? www.shutterstock.com.au

Higher education is more than vocational training

Universities Australia recently announced a joint initiative with business groups to get graduates “work ready” through vocational workplace training. This is to be welcomed but it is also to be questioned…
What is it that we’re trying to fix in teacher education? Teacher image from www.shutterstock.com

Teaching standards to fix a ‘crisis’ that doesn’t exist

The past week has been a tumultuous time for university education faculties. First the NSW government announced minimum entry requirements for teaching degrees, and then the federal government trumped…
The Coalition looks set to only tinker around the edges of higher education policy. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Decoding Tony Abbott’s plans for universities

What should universities expect from a Coalition government if Tony Abbott wins the September election? In his address to the Universities Australia conference in Canberra, the signals were fairly reassuring…
The idea of a universities commission has been floated recently – but is it a good idea? Universities image from www.shutterstock.com

Back to the future: do we need a universities commission?

There’s been a push recently in university circles for a new body to help govern the sector and act as a buffer between the universities and government. Champions of the idea point to the Universities…
Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans says it’s a “ridiculous proposition” to suggest funding freezes are driving research overseas. AAP

Research funding falls victim to short-term politics

The Federal Government’s freeze on research grants is damaging investment and recruitment by universities, and is part of a broader trend making funding predictability a thing of the past says Universities…

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