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UA 2018: Winners, losers, and big themes for higher education

Mar 21, 2018

A few weeks ago, the nation’s vice chancellors - supported by hundreds of deputy and pro-vice chancellors, deans, and other members of the senior leadership teams - assembled in Canberra for their annual gathering at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference. With the summer holidays behind them and the academic year barely underway, it seems logical that the mood would be relaxed, upbeat and optimistic, much the way many of us recall feeling at the start of the school year, with a clean backpack full of fresh notebooks, new pens, and sharp pencils.

Why Australia can't afford to lose HEPPP

Apr 22, 2016

When he took over as Prime Minister just seven months ago, Malcolm Turnbull did so with a commitment to lead the nation through an urgent transformation into a knowledge-based economy. “We are living at the most exciting time,” he said, acknowledging the changes happening to the global economy. To fully participate in this revolution, he explained that Australia needs to build a national workforce with strong science, technology, engineering and maths skills to drive a culture of innovation. It's an inspiring vision.

Adam Goodes: "If I'm Only Remembered For My Football, I've Failed In Life"

Jul 31, 2015
The escalating national argument about Adam Goodes continues to trouble me and just about everyone I speak with.

The one missing voice is, of course, Goodes' own. No doubt he'd prefer the discussion were about the GO Foundation, the non-profit he and his cousin, Michael O'Laughlin, have founded to support better educational outcomes for Indigenous children.

Adam Goodes Deserves Better

Jul 29, 2015

Our blog isn't normally a place where we comment on current events that aren't directly linked to education. However, the treatment of Australian of the Year Adam Goodes by some AFL fans is something we feel compelled to address.