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]

New body to rank rankers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“University rankings are likely to proliferate and become more specialised, creating the need for a new kind of meta-ranking service that sorts and rates comparative data …” (more)

[Julie Hare, University World News, 16 January]

University opens doors to flood victims

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“As flood waters continue to spread over a bigger proportion of the state of Queensland than the entire area of France and Germany combined, for John Price and his cattle dog cross Tike the evacuation centre based at CQUniversity in flood-bound Rockhampton has been a real blessing …” (more)

[Priscilla Crighton, University World News, 9 January]

Challenges for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A Happy New Year to everyone. I will kick off the blog for this year with a question – what do you think will be the major challenges and opportunities facing higher education in Australia this year? …” (more)

[Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Office, 5 January]

Mine tax plan for uni fees ‘unfair’, says HECS architect

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Economist Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University said the Greens’ proposal was ‘inequitable’ and ‘regressive’, and would not help lower income earners. He said using revenue from the controversial mineral resources rent tax to fund free university for students was ‘arguably one of the least fair ways to use the money’ …” (more)

[Joe Kelly, The Australian, 29 December]

Slashing education funding will white-ant Ireland’s future

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 December 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s economic woes will have a profound and devastating impact on the future of the country but nowhere will the pain be felt more acutely than in education …” (more)

[Irish Echo, 27 December]

Entry requirements lowered

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 December 2010 by Steve

“Universities have welcomed Canberra’s decision to lower entry requirements for overseas students applying to take courses in Australia. The decision is in response to collapsing demand in the international education market …” (more)

[Stephen Matchett, The Australian, 17 December]

Now it’s a small world of research

Posted in research with tags , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“… The idea that university researchers work in relative isolation has never been more difficult to defend or more questionable …” (more)

[Graeme Harper, The Australian, 15 December]

The Republic of Learning

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“… Each year the ABC Board invites a prominent Australian or group of Australians to present six radio lectures expressing their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues. Professor Davis’s Boyer Lecture series, entitled The Republic of Learning: higher education transforms Australia, will include six lectures exploring Australia’s higher education landscape …” (more, mp3s)

[ABC Radio, 14 November]

Invert the funding pyramid

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“Universities would gain if academics could focus on teaching and research, and be funded directly …” (more)

[Philip Clarke and Paul Frijters, The Australian, 8 December]

The survival of universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 December 2010 by Steve

“Simon Marginson, a leading Australian academic, began a recent speech at the University of Virginia by describing how the wealthy monasteries of medieval England – supported by religious belief, great wealth and political connections – were completely destroyed by Henry VIII in less than 10 years …” (more)

[Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s Blog, 6 December]

Watchdog won’t bite you, Australia’s elite universities assured

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“A chief architect of the regulatory reform proposed to guarantee the quality of higher education in Australia has assured the heads of the country’s elite universities that they will not be buried in red tape …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 20 November]

Biometric scans for foreign students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Foreign students will be included in a trial of biometric checks as part of a wider campaign to weed out potential terrorists. The move has raised concerns, with overseas student educators calling for it to be handled sensitively …” (more)

[Guy Healy, University World News, 14 November]

Alarming fall in Chinese student numbers

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 November 2010 by Steve

“For the first time in more than 14 years, an Australian minister for tertiary education has gone to China to try to head off a potentially disastrous collapse in the number of young Chinese studying in Australia …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 7 November]