The education minister has outlined reforms to higher education funding aimed at producing 'job ready graduates'. But his announcements don't seem completely in line with the data.
For many people, universities remain institutions embodying past imperial practices. Universities have an important role to play in society, and they must do so with society.
A Mitchell Institute report has estimated the proportion of international students in various Australian suburbs, and how much they contribute to the local economy.
A group of international students were interviewed about their experience in Australia during COVID-19. Here's what they had to say.
Education should equip people not just with specific skills, but also with the knowledge they need to be citizens, and for occupations in which they can develop across the course of their lives.
Universities can only credibly claim to be preparing young people for their futures if they take into account the kind of world they are helping to bring about.
Researchers modelled the impact of the loss of international student fee income on 38 universities.
Many university teaching labs are empty as students have been moved off campus during the pandemic. There are other ways to put theory into practice, at home and online.
Not all teaching spaces in universities are big enough to allow students to return to normal study as the pandemic restriction ease.
Australia has a long history of international student education, spurred on by government policy.
Are the Australian government’s successive changes to JobKeeper specifically designed to exclude universities? And if so, why?
The National Tertiary Education Union has agreed to a deal with universities that aims to save at least 12,000 jobs. But universities aren't obliged to sign up.
Hundreds of casual academics have lost work in the COVID-19 crisis. They make up the majority of the teaching workforce at universities but they don't quality for any government assistance.
Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the pandemic, with the effects likely to be felt for years, if not decades.
This essay explores the way the social contract between universities, society and the state has changed over the course of the 20th century. And how generations of students paid and benefitted.
Even before this pandemic, international students were exposed to several unique hardships. These are compounded by COVID-19.
The Australian government relies on the temporary graduate visa to attract international students. But these visa recipients are left helpless as they face a loss of financial security.
For every $1 lost in university tuition fees, there is another $1.15 lost in the broader economy. This means loss of university revenue can cost the Australian economy more than $40 billion by 2023.
The government's new funding package for universities is a good first step. But its plan for low-cost online courses is problematic.
We can use the sudden gift of free time to prepare for the labour market of the future.