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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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Research programmes take a hit as universities and students left in policy limbo 12 May 2015
Universities have welcomed a number of positive measures announced in the Abbott Government’s second budget but have expressed deep disappointment at cuts to research programmes and the level of progress made in providing much needed higher education funding and policy certainty.
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Teaching and learning excellence set to be budget loser for higher education 11 May 2015
The university sector is dismayed at media reports this morning flagging substantial cuts to the Department of Education and Training including through the possible abolition of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC).
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Government move to recoup overseas HELP debt overdue 7 May 2015
The Federal Government’s move to recoup student loan debt from graduates living overseas will correct a long overdue anomaly in the repayment obligations of Australian graduates according to the universities peak body.
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