Category Archives : Australian Education

How the University of Sydney’s Honi Soit was engulfed in a China-linked ‘crisis on campus’

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size A recent edition of the University of Sydney’s student newspaper Honi Soit included articles that no one could mistake for conservative. There was a “queer, anti-capitalist love letter” to the video game Stardew Valley and another taking aim at Western museums which,…

New school projects driven by election promises over priorities: Auditor-General

NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford. School Infrastructure NSW last year told the government it would not meet forecast classroom needs beyond 2023 – such as accommodating 180,000 new student enrolments and upgrading 34,000 teaching spaces by 2039 – despite the government’s record $7 billion spend on school builds over four years….

How College Admissions Have Changed During Covid

Harvard University’s iron gate in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA getty Harvard admitted 3.4% of its undergraduate applicants this year. Yale, 4.6%. Columbia just 3.7%. Last night at 7 p.m. on the east coast, the eight colleges that make up the Ivy League let applicants know whether they were accepted or rejected….

Whyalla owner races towards refinancing to stave off Credit Suisse liquidation push

The owner of the Whyalla steel mill says it is close to sealing a refinancing deal with a new group of lenders that may quell a push by its major creditor Credit Suisse to place the business into liquidation. Billionaire steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta’s Australian steel and mining companies said…

How to Staff Your Courses for Inclusive Teaching

Student engagement is more important now than ever, and that means staffing your courses with the right instructors. In their new paper, Staffing the Higher Education Classroom, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, two Northwestern University scholars found a few ways to measure teacher effectiveness that go beyond the…

Credit Suisse moves to liquidate Whyalla steel mill, Tahmoor Coal

“Upon appointment the liquidators’ immediate focus would be to work constructively with all key stakeholders (including employees, customers, suppliers, unions, creditors, and government) to stabilise operations while undertaking an urgent review of the financial position, trading outlook, and funding requirements of the underlying businesses.” Loading “As part of this process…

Australian university crisis needs to be resolved for all our sakes

Australia’s university sector is in an unprecedented crisis as it faces a series of immediate and longer-term challenges brought sharply into focus by the pandemic. The most urgent concern is the continuing absence from local campuses of hundreds of thousands of international students who pay course fees at higher rates…

The next generation of scientists is being robbed

Two factors have led to this dire situationThe dire situation in which Australian universities find themselves is a consequence of two factors. The first is the ongoing cutback in government financial support for the higher education sector, going back several decades now and promoted by both the Coalition and Labor….

What parents learnt about their kids in lockdown

Australian parents have better insights into their children’s schooling now than they did a year ago, and will be looking to this year’s NAPLAN tests to determine whether remote learning periods during the coronavirus pandemic set back students’ education. Focus group research conducted for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting…

Teachers at troubled Shepparton super school deny racism claims

″While some teachers were consulted, we acknowledge more could have been done to engage more staff in the production of the report,” the spokesperson said. The college is spread across three campuses. It has more than 2000 students, of whom more than 600 are from multicultural or Aboriginal backgrounds. Next…