Tertiary Education in Australia

Australian spirit of learning

For a country with a relatively small population, Australia boasts an impressive list of innovations that have made a positive contribution to the welfare of people around the world.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am

Beyond numbers

For many educationalists and professors, it was very discouraging to read the headline of a recent commentary in this paper, 'The last thing Hong Kong needs is more education'.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Second grade

Since it came into being 10 years ago, the associate degree programme has been treated like an outcast in the circles that matter. Unable to shake off the stigma of being a receptacle for underperformers and derided as a 'dead end' degree, the programme produces graduates who have little hope of either getting a decent job or into a decent university.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hard work opens Australia's door

Jeff Fung Man-chiu arrived in Australia in 2003 as a fresh-faced school-leaver from Hong Kong to start an advanced diploma in engineering technology at RMIT University in Melbourne. Seven years later, he is still there and close to finishing his doctorate in mechanical engineering.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

'Racist' attacks fail to tarnish image

To describe this year as a rough patch for Australia's international education providers would be an understatement.

After enjoying a robust reputation as a favoured study destination for Asian students, the sector has taken a severe beating, with newspaper headlines from Melbourne to Mumbai screaming outrage over 'racist' attacks on Indian students.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Debate over 'cash cows' simmers Down Under

Across the English-speaking world, university lecturers face continuing problems of foreign students who struggle to cope with the academic demands of the language.

Critics in Britain, the US and Australia complain that foreign students are being allowed to enrol without adequate preparation simply because they bring much-needed revenue to cash-strapped institutions.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Warning on overseas 'cash cows'

Australian academics fear that inadequate spending on higher education by the new Labor government could threaten the nation's A$11 billion (HK$75.86 billion) export education industry.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, more than 140 senior academics called on the government to reduce universities' dependence on overseas full-fee students.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Mainland students flocking to Australia

Mainland students graduating from Australian universities now far outnumber those from any other country, according to the latest figures released by the federal Education Department.

This is the second year mainland students have dominated graduation figures in Australia following a lowering of immigration barriers. Malaysia previously held the top spot.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Strong case for subsidies for associate degrees

The dramatic expansion of post-secondary education in recent years has spawned thousands of associate-degree graduates who feel cheated by the lack of opportunities. They remain unable to find places in university degree courses and their qualifications are under-recognised by employers.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Australian Festival

The latest courses and new teaching institutions will be the highlights of this year's Australian Education Festival at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday to Sunday.

More than 80 Australian universities, schools and vocational training colleges will take part in the exhibition which offers one-on-one counselling and advice to students and parents.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Roll up, roll up . . . it's the sale of the century

Economy, efficiency and effectiveness are managerial slogans that have been championed by governments around the world when reforming state-owned higher education. But is the rhetoric as positive as it suggests?

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Foreign language on back burner in Australia

Australia's Education Minister has hit out at the state of foreign language learning in the nation's schools and universities.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Top institution attracts talented researchers

The university offers a supportive environment with flexible workplace arrangements, generous conditions and staff assistance programmes

As one of Australia's top 10 universities, the University of Newcastle is in a fortunate position when it comes to attracting outstanding researchers and staff members who are highly regarded for their work.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Australia faces mainland challenge

China's lavish spending on universities and European reforms pose risk for lucrative global market

China's growing economic power and its massive spending on building new universities will have a dramatic impact on Australian higher education, according to federal education minister Julie Bishop.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Fading appeal of IT courses sees many teachers lose jobs

Australian universities are downsizing departments as students enrolling in the subject drop 60pc

Dozens of academics have lost their jobs teaching information technology courses at Australia's universities following a massive drop in enrolments by foreign and local students.

25 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

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