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17 May Yes, universities can really boost their local communities: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s argument that many higher education institutions have disengaged themselves from their local communities (see my previous HECG Trendwatch) has been challenged this week by Universities Australia. In its latest newsletter UA says Australia’s higher education sector is globally oriented but also has...

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19 Apr Admissions and dropouts: time to adjust highered’s moral compass? HECG Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Universities have a job on their hands this year as they figure out how to ensure their admissions systems and entry requirements are equitable, transparent and understandable. They don’t have much choice in the matter. First, Peter Shergold's Higher Education Standards Panel on undergraduate entry requirements...

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12 Apr Why the Anglo-Saxon view of highered may be a thing of the past: HECG Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Accompanying Times Higher’s World Reputation Rankings last year was a thought-provoking comment from Paul Blackmore, professor of Higher Education at King’s College London’s Policy Institute. Reflecting on the strong performance of Asian universities in their continuing climb up the rankings, Professor Blackmore declared: “We’ve had...

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07 Apr Collaborative research links get a welcome lift: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON The Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda has copped its share of flak during its lifetime (viz: “whimsical cash-splash for inner-city hipsters”) but there it still is, chugging along, funnelling not a little of its $1.1 billion in the direction of highered. One of...

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04 Apr Are academics equipped to deal with the big digital disruption? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON It is widely accepted that universities are facing massive challenges as society transitions from the industrial age into the digital era. Higher education’s traditional “business model” is being battered by technological disruptions in parallel with growing demands that it be responsible for the constant...

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30 Mar Can universities answer ‘the greatest question of the digital age’: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON “If you aren't feeling anxious and uncertain yet, then you are in denial.” By the time Jeffrey Bleich spoke these words during his keynote address to the recent Universities Australia conference in Canberra the audience was paying rapt attention. Some people had considered skipping the former...

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