Archive for Australia

Korea, Singapore threaten Australia’s standing in Nature publication rankings

Posted in research with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Pressure from rising stars Korea and Singapore could soon squeeze Australia out of its third place in a prestigious ranking of publication rates in the Nature suite of scientific journals. The Nature Publishing Index for Asia and the Pacific released today …” (more)

[Jill Rowbotham, The Australian, 24 March]

Students paid for fake results

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“A scam involving a Perth university employee charging Indian students thousands of dollars for fake English test results stretched across the country, with one student flying from Queensland to obtain dodgy marks …” (more)

[Debbie Guest, The Australian, 24 March]

The new face of the research student

Posted in research with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“In yesterday’s copy of The Australian there was an article about a new book by Frank Larkins, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, in which he opines that there should be fewer PhD students, and that they should be full-time, on an increased full scholarship …” (more)

[SkepticLawyer, 10 March]

The new ERA of journal ranking

Posted in research with tags , , on 13 February 2011 by Steve

“It was recently announced that the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative will remain largely unchanged in the coming year, and will remain as an instrument used by the Australian government to determine the level of research funding available to Australian universities …” (more)

[Simon Cooper and Anna Poletti, University World News, 13 February]

Irrational numbers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2011 by Steve

“John Hearn and Alan Robson urge universities to refocus on the reality of individual missions, not rankings’ absurd lists. The 2010 world university league tables have brought to the fore long-held concerns about their integrity, veracity and credibility …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 3 February]

Elite eight head university research ratings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“The first attempt to assess the quality of research conducted in Australia’s universities shows the oldest and most elite institutions filling the top eight spots …” (more)

[Julia Hare, The Australian, 31 January]

Australian Campuses, Swamped for a Week by Heavy Flooding, Prepare to Reopen

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 January 2011 by Steve

“Four Australian universities are scraping out mud and picking up debris this week after heavy flooding in the northeastern state of Queensland shut down some of the universities’ campuses. The Queensland government declared three-quarters of the state a disaster zone …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 January]