Chinese uni students face embassy threats

Original article by Michael Owen
The Australian – Page: 8 : 13-Sep-18

Hugh Sutton from the Adelaide University Liberal Club says there was a lot of intimidating behaviour involving students from China at recent student elections. Chinese students that were campaigning for the Progress Party and who were displaying a banner stating "Jobs not Socialism" say they received a message on WeChat saying that they would be reported to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra. It is alleged the threats were made by other Chinese students campaigning for the International Voice party. Sutton says the Chinese Student Association had "splintered" over the last year, with some members joining International Voice, while others joined the Progress Party.

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ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY LIBERAL CLUB, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Students’ skills no issue for employers

Original article by Stephen Fitzpatrick
The Australian – Page: 5 : 9-Jan-18

Universities Australia’s Catriona Jackson has downplayed the findings of an employer satisfaction survey which showed that many graduates do not think their degree has much relevance to their job. Jackson argues that employers’ satisfaction regarding all key graduate metrics has increased since the survey was undertaken in 2017, and more than four out of five employers are satisfied with the graduates whom they employ. National Tertiary Education Union president Jeannie Rea in turn says the focus should be on whether graduates consider their degree to be relevant after they have been in the workforce for several years.

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UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NATIONAL TERTIARY EDUCATION INDUSTRY UNION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP

Australia’s rich and powerful need to back universities

Original article by Harold Mitchell
The Age – Page: Online : 23-Sep-16

Harvard University has an impressive track record in terms of producing Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and heads of state. The Harvard Endowment Fund, which now boasts more than $36bn, has been a major contributor to the venerable institution’s success. While Australian universities continue to attract endowments from private individuals, they must be more active in this area of fund-raising, while the government also has a role to play.

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY

International student numbers soaring again

Original article by John Ross
The Australian – Page: 21 : 22-Sep-16

International students are again showing strong interest in Australian education, with enrolments rising 11 per cent in the first seven months of 2016. Vocational education and English language courses are particularly popular. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham expects even stronger growth to be stimulated by the National Strategy for International Education.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, VOCATION LIMITED – ASX VET, AUSTRALIAN CAREERS NETWORK LIMITED – ASX ACO, ASHLEY SERVICES GROUP LIMITED – ASX ASH, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

One in five first-year uni students drops out

Original article by Julie Hare
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 8-Sep-16

New figures show that the proportion of Australian university students who quit their course in the first year rose to a record 21.09 per cent in 2014. However, this falls to 15.25 per cent if students who change courses are taken into account. Andrew Norton of the Grattan Institute says the rise in the first-year drop-out rate can be linked to the increase in university enrolments in recent years. The number of Australian students enrolled in university courses rose above one million in 2014.

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GRATTAN INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Navitas flat forecast has shareholders nervous

Original article by Yolanda Redrup
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 28-Jul-15

Listed education provider Navitas has posted a 2014-15 after-tax net profit of $A71.8m, which is 39 per cent higher than previously. CEO Rod Jones concedes that investors may have expected a higher profit, but describes it as "reasonable". EBITDA rose by 13 per cent to $A163.1, while revenue was 12 per cent higher at $A980.3m. Jones has advised that the group’s 2015-16 profit will be similar to its latest result.

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NAVITAS LIMITED – ASX NVT, KATANA ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, STUDY OVERSEAS NOW PTY LTD, NAVITAS RESOURCES INSTITUTE, SYDNEY INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

HILDA report trod on some powerful toes

Original article by Tim Dodd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 & 22 : 20-Jul-15

The Group of Eight universities have disputed the validity of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) research which suggests that graduates of less prestigious universities have better salary outcomes. Ironically, the research was carried out by an organisation that is affiliated with the Group of Eight’s Melbourne University. Such a situation would not arise in government or big business, where such adverse findings would most likely be quashed. The HILDA research also highlights the need for universities to be properly funded and managed.

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THE GROUP OF EIGHT LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY NETWORK, INNOVATIVE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA

Cash v job satisfaction gender issue

Original article by Tim Dodd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 12 : 13-Jul-15

The US-based Graduate Management Admission Council has released the findings of a global survey on the career aspirations of graduate management students. It shows that 51 per cent of female respondents rate professional development highly when choosing a job, compared with just 44 per cent of male respondents. Women also rated work-life balance more highly than their male peers. However, 61 per cent of male students rate salary highly, compared with 51 per cent of women.

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GRADUATE MANAGEMENT ADMISSION COUNCIL (UNITED STATES)

Women MBAs no longer outnumbered

Original article by Tim Dodd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 6-Jul-15

The latest intake of MBA candidates at the University of Sydney comprises 23 women and 22 men. Business School dean Greg Whitwell has lauded the fact that the MBA program has achieved gender equality just two years after it was launched. The university believes that it is the first time female candidates have outnumbered male candidates in an MBA program in Australia. However, male students still generally dominate MBA programs nationwide.

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UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR UN WOMEN, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY. GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT, FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIAN POPULATION ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED

Government’s finger on double-dissolution trigger

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 2-Apr-15

The Australian Government insists on continuing with its policy of university fee deregulation. Education Minister Christopher Pyne said on 1 April 2015 that he will present the proposed legislation to the Senate again, despite the fact that it has already been rejected twice. If the bill is rejected again, it may trigger a double dissolution election

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, THE GROUP OF EIGHT LIMITED