15 juin 2014

Cuts to university funding means cost of degrees to skyrocket

SOUTH Australia’s three public universities will lose $78 million over the next four years as local students are forced to pay thousands and even tens of thousands more for their degree, analysis shows.
State Government number crunching on the effect of the Federal Government’s higher education Budget measures show a basic three-year humanities degree could cost at least $10,000 more – up to $29,000. University of Adelaide’s six-year medicine degree could rise to at least $80,000. The modelling shows engineering students face a steep fee hike as their four-year degrees rises from $34,500 to at least $53,000. Premier Jay Weatherill said the Federal Government’s “Americanisation” of Australia’s universities would make higher education unaffordable. More...

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Fee deregulation will reverse 'dumbing down' of Australia's universities: top physicist Harry Messel

By . Fee deregulation will reverse the "dumbing down" of higher education and the era of "one-size-fits-all" universities, according to one of the icons of Australian science. 
Harry Messel, who was Head of Physics at the University of Sydney for 35 years, was last week awarded the Academy Medal, one of the Australian Academy of Science's highest honours. The author of the Messel "blue book", once ubiquitous in Australian high schools, founded the International Science School and is a former vice-chancellor of Bond University. Read more...

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$100,000 degrees and loan repayments into your future

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Courtney Sloane. NTEU research released today shows the impact increased university fees will have on students.
The research also includes predictions of how far fees will rise under the new arrangements as announced in the Federal Budget, and the time it will take students to pay off these debts.
The NTEU predicts that degrees such as engineering, law and dentistry could cost over $100,000, and medicine could rise to as much as $180,000. On average, the cost of degrees will more than double. More...

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23 mai 2014

On the creation of higher education cartels

The ConversationBy Matthew Bailes. I love the free market. It means my morning cup of coffee costs roughly the same at almost all the coffee shops near campus.
The free market is however ruthlessly efficient, even if it is largely responsible for the high standard of living we share in Australia. It means fortunes are made and lost, and has Darwinian consequences for inefficient players. When monopolies exist, the profits can be obscene.
In the 2014 Australian federal budget, plans were announced to bring the full power of the free market to the Australian higher education sector. More...

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17 mai 2014

Nearly one in every three postgraduates in Australian universities comes from overseas

By Geoff Maslen. Nearly one in every three postgraduates in Australian universities comes from overseas and their contribution to the nation’s higher education system is enormous – most notably by helping many faculties survive via the estimated $3 billion they pay in fees each year. International postgraduates make markedly different choices in courses they enrol in compared with local students. Read more...

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University fee rises end students' gap year plans

By . Gap year is a rite of passage for many school-leavers, but taking a year off to travel the world is an unexpected casualty of the Abbott government's first budget.
The plans of Imogen Smith, 18, from Balmain, are in disarray after Tuesday's budget. She had secured year-long employment at an international school in Guangzhou, the largest city in the Chinese province of Guandong. Read more...

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10 mai 2014

Accord France / Japon

Lundi 5 mai, à 10h, la « Convention de reconnaissance mutuelle des études, des diplômes et des crédits en vue d’une poursuite d’études dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur du japon et de la République française » a été signée par Hiroshi Matsumoto Président de la Japan Assocation of National Universities (JANU) d’une part et par la Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) représentée par Luc Hittinger et la Conférence des directeurs des écoles françaises d’ingénieurs (CDEFI) représentée par Elisabeth Crépon. La signature de cet accord s’est faite à l’Elysée, en présence de François Hollande et de Shinzo Abe, Premier ministre japonais et a pour but de « promouvoir les échanges dans le domaine de l’enseignement supérieur entre la France et le Japon ».

Télécharger la convention.

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30 avril 2014

Modern vocational education urged

By Sun Xiaochen. How can China launch a manned spaceship but can't produce high-quality kitchen knives? The question was raised by members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference earlier this year and triggered a heated debate in China's education system, where experts and officials urged the development of modern vocational education to ease the imbalance between the labor supply and the huge market demand for technical talents.
"There is an urgent need to reform our current education system, which has been struggling to provide high-quality talents with skills and knowledge that meet the demand at the production frontline," Lu Xin, China's deputy minister of education, said at the recent China Development Forum 2014. More...

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10 avril 2014

More UAE students on the way

New Straits Times - Our deepest condolences to all the passengers of flight MH370By M. Hamzah Jamaludin. Low fees, quality education attract many from Mid-East, says DPM.
THE comparatively lower cost but higher quality of tertiary education in Malaysia will attract more students from the Middle East, including those from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia offered quality education at better and attractive fees, with a considerably much lower cost of living compared with European countries and even the United States.
The wide use of English at Malaysian universities would make it easier for international students to pursue their studies in the country, said Muhyiddin, who is also education minister. Presently, there are more than 25,000 Middle Eastern students studying in Malaysia, with only 164 from UAE. Read more...

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Unis spooked by MOOC wave, says ex-UNE vice-chancellor Jim Barber

By Bernard Lane. Jim Barber, having left the University of New England, has come back to small-town central Victoria, where destructive bushfires are still fresh in memory.
Ahead he sees a different kind of threat, a global challenge reaching into every region, and that’s largely why he quit early as vice-chancellor. More...

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