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Australia's university system efficient but underfunded 21 May 2015
The latest Universitas 21 Report ranks Australia as one of the top countries for the efficiency of its higher education system despite disturbingly low levels of public investment compared with other countries.
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Research ideas welcome, sustainable funding needed 15 May 2015
Last night the leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, committed to lifting research funding to three per cent of GDP by the end of the next decade but stopped short in identifying the commensurate savings measures that would be needed to fund such a commitment.
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Productivity Commission Study into Barriers to Growth in Australian Services Exports 21 May 2015
Education services are Australia’s largest services export. While international education services were addressed in the recent Productivity Commission Report, there remain barriers to growth not addressed within the paper, especially those related to the research agenda and the recruitment of overseas academic talent.
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Inquiry into the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy Tendering Process 11 May 2015
The university sector has been highly critical of the competence and quality of the first competitive grant round for the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). It has been compromised as a consequence of a failure to consult with key stakeholders and inadequate planning, leading to poor implementation, inadequate communication, unrealistic timeframes, and inadequate consideration being given to transitional arrangements.
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