Unis short-changed on job-creating courses

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 6 : 22-Jun-20

The federal government’s university reforms aim to encourage students to enrol in high-­priority courses such as nursing, maths and engineering by reducing the amount students pay to study them through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. However, Education Department figures indicate the government will also cut funding for courses such as maths and engineering, meaning universities will get paid less to teach these courses. Frank Larkins, a researcher at Melbourne University’s Centre for Higher Education, says falls in overall revenue per student for high-priority areas could make it hard for universities to teach more students in these ‘job-creating’ courses.


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