Many Australian students specialise before they’ve had a good general education. American undergraduates do get that, and perhaps Australia has gone too far down the path of early specialisation.
Students often believe a STEM degree will serve them better in the job market.
A handful of high-profile executives have humanities degrees. But those standouts make up a small proportion of the total pool of American executives.
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University degrees perform the same function in 2017 as indulgences did in 1517.
Uncapping fees for some degree courses is still an option.
While the government finally ruled out full fee deregulation in its 2016 budget, it is still contemplating uncapping fees for some degree courses. Here’s what else is being discussed.
A student protests against colonial-era statues at the University of Cape Town. Changing the curriculum structure is another way to decolonise South Africa’s universities.
It’s not just the content of South Africa’s university curricula that needs to be re-examined. The country’s degree structure should be reconsidered, too.
The big news here is the changes to culture and curriculum, not degree length.
The University of Sydney has announced an overhaul of its undergraduate teaching. If achieved, some of these reforms could be revolutionary, but much of the media attention has focused on the less important aspects.