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Higher Education Summit

The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit will identify and explore bold new ideas in higher education, with a focus on adaptation, resilience and opportunities for institutions to carve out a stronger post-pandemic future.

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University accord should challenge the conformity of higher education

The generic tertiary funding model has radically expanded the graduate population but has stifled innovation in course offerings.

  • Tom Burton

What to do about our poor innovation record

Australia’s pervasive small business sector is underinvesting in research, stymying efforts to lift our poor performance in innovation.

  • Tom Burton

Antiquated system leaves international students in ‘visa limboland’

Experts say there are some simple steps that could be made almost immediately to encourage overseas students to stay on to work.

  • Julie Hare

Top university boss’s warning over board member fees

Universities that do not pay fees to board members risk being unable to attract a wide range of experienced individuals, says University of Adelaide’s Catherine Branson.

  • Sally Patten

National nurse shortfall to hit 85,000 by 2025: Universities Australia

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has batted away criticism that his plan to offer 10,000 nurses and midwives free courses won’t resolve underlying issues.

  • Gus McCubbing
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August

Call for HECS-style loans to be extended to short courses

The extension of HECS-style low-interest loans to support students enrolling in micro-credential courses would help fill skills gaps, say university leaders.

  • Tom Burton

Ditch R&D tax concessions for direct funding, say academics

The government should fund more research directly rather than indirectly through research and development tax concessions, academics say.

  • Sally Patten

Foreign student work visa extension proposed

Education Minister Jason Clare is considering extending the two-year work visa for completing international students to three or four years, rather than creating a separate pathway to permanent residency.

  • Tom Burton and Tess Bennett

CPA calls for subsidised skills training, more migrants

The Australian public will need to subsidise education and training courses and encourage older workers to rejoin the workforce to fill “critical” skills shortages across the economy.

  • Hannah Wootton and Edmund Tadros

Research council overdue for overhaul, says Clare

The Australian Research Council has come in for its fair share of criticism and education minister Jason Clare wants the issues resolved.

  • Julie Hare
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Australia’s universities need to rethink who, what, where and when

Universities have not fully evolved to meet the needs of modern-day students, says the head of the OECD’s education and skills directorate.

  • Julie Hare

Closer industry, university ties will connect workers to skill gaps

The higher education sector and the broader economy will benefit if education can capitalise on the demand for deeper partnerships with industry.

  • Amanda Flouch and Belinda Tynan

Clare to fund 20,000 extra uni places for disadvantaged students

While the number of young people going to university is near 50 per cent in some areas, there has been little momentum in boosting disadvantaged groups.

  • Julie Hare

Seven Australian universities in world’s top 100

Melbourne University is Australia’s best, sneaking up one place to 32 in the widely respected Academic Ranking of World Universities.

  • Julie Hare

July

Labor’s higher education agenda will pick up where Gillard left off

During his first major speech to the university sector, Jason Clare says there is still a lot of work to do to make university more accessible to poorer people.

  • Julie Hare

‘Not perfect’ university sector needs more money, peak body says

Despite record surpluses, the chairman of Universities Australia says taxpayers need to invest more money in higher education.

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  • Julie Hare

June

Skills shortages will be long term, but more uni graduates won’t help

Workforce trends mean the supply of workers each year will not be adequate to meet the demand, particularly for jobs requiring a vocational level education.

  • Ronald Mizen

Higher education to cut through endemic challenges

From crisis to reinvention, and better outcomes for the tertiary sector

Future of skills and training already written

The new government prosecuted an ambitious skills agenda ahead of the election. In implementing it, the minister must avoid the mistakes of the past.

  • Gary Workman

May

School-leavers put passion before jobs when choosing what to study

Do what interests you is the mantra 18-year-olds listen to when deciding what to study at university.

  • Julie Hare
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High hopes for meaningful education reform under Labor

The education sector felt shunned and disregarded under the Coalition, with insiders elated at the election result.

  • Julie Hare

Plibersek’s challenge is to rebuild ambition

Education has been overlooked and wracked by the culture wars. It’s time to move on.

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  • Julie Hare

Short courses fail on policy options

Micro-credentials and short online courses are changing the education landscape. But there is confusion as to how these tiny units of learning should be recognised.

  • Julie Hare

March

The top four Australian universities for producing CEOs

A new analysis ranks the University of New South Wales, Australian National University, Macquarie University and the University of South Australia as the best.

  • Agnes King and Julie Hare

August 2021

Universities face future of disruption

Beyond debates about shoring up the pandemic-hit business models in the short term, the longer-term future of higher education could see much bigger disruption.

  • The AFR View