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The federal government wants more university research to lead to businesses like the $1 billion-a-year Cochlear company. David Crosling/AAP

Our unis are far behind the world’s best at commercialising research. Here are 3 ways to catch up

The federal government is right to focus on improving Australian universities' success rate in commercialising research, but can specific steps itself to help achieve this.
An affirming college environment can set trans youth on a path of personal, academic and professional success. Alessandra Tarantino/AP

How to tell if your college is trans-inclusive

These are some of the key features and policies that trans prospective students may want to consider in their college exploration process.
A student from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia performs the Jaranan Dance in Surabaya as part of the campus’s summer program in 2018. ANTARA FOTO/Moch Asim

Closure of Indonesian language programs in Australian universities will weaken ties between the two countries

When Australian universities cancel their language programs, they abandon their crucial role in promoting engagement with Indonesia. In the long run, ties between the two countries will suffer for it.
Recent college graduates owed an average of nearly $30,000 in student loans in 2019. lightspeedshutter/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Student loan debt is costing recent grads much more than just money

Student loan debt can affect not only the financial health of recent grads but also their mental and emotional health. Three scholars weigh in on the greater costs student loans can have on borrowers.
Stigma and lack of awareness prevent students from getting food assistance. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

1 in 3 college students face food insecurity – expanding SNAP benefits on campus will help stave off hunger

The federal government has temporarily widened eligibility for food assistance to more students. Two scholars argue this needs to be made permanent and be accompanied with an awareness campaign.
Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge is calling for ‘new ideas on how we can increase collaboration between business and universities’. Dean Lewins/AAP

How to get the most out of research when universities and industry team up

Government incentives might boost the numbers of collaborative research projects, but academics also must work on their relationships with industry practitioners to ensure everyone contributes fully.

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