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Australian government to turn textbook grants into loans

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Australian government announces plan to turn "start up" grants for textbooks and other costs into loans, which critics deride as a slippery slope that will hurt needy students.

Australian work force is 'over educated'

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Nearly half of university graduates are in jobs that don't require their level of postsecondary credential, a study finds.

Australian government proposes raising academic standards for teacher ed programs

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Australia's most populous state proposes raising entry standards for teacher education programs, and university leaders aren't happy.

Australia adapts European Union tool for comparing universities

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Seeking to counteract rankings' intense focus on research, the country adapts a European tool that provides data on universities, warts and all.

Australian financier gives $50M for scholarships, challenges his peers

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As Australian universities get into the fund-raising game, an international financier sets the pace with a $50 million donation and encourages others to follow suit.

College enrollment demand flattens in Australia

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After three years of growth, the number of students seeking places in Australia's universities flattens, similar to patterns seen in the United States.

Growth of private higher ed providers flattens in Australia

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Sector's stratospheric enrollment growth flattens, in wake of policy changes that restricted flow of public funds to students at private institutions.

Australia plans to shift from measuring quality alone to impact of research

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Australian government plans to shift from measuring the quality of publicly funded studies alone to gauging their social, economic and environmental impact, too.

Australians debate prospect that Beijing will encourage Chinese student protests

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A former diplomat warns that the flow of Chinese students is a "two-edged sword" because it could lead to Beijing-inspired political protests -- a scenario others paint as farfetched.

A British university and an Australian university team up

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University of Warwick and Monash University aim to redefine what global higher education collaboration looks like.

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