Teachers have never been more appreciated than during COVID-19. But neither expressions of support, nor cheaper degrees will overcome the four big structural challenges facing the profession.
Travel bans, a recession and the government's university reform package will leave an estimated $4.7 billion gap in research funding that needs filling to maintain our current output.
Research shows predictions for the jobs of the future are unreliable, and the government's funding changes don't match what their own data shows about future earnings.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
The implications of the government's announcement are about more than incentivising the career trajectories of students. They are a direct assault on the premise of universities.
For many people, universities remain institutions embodying past imperial practices. Universities have an important role to play in society, and they must do so with society.
This essay explores the way the social contract between universities, society and the state has changed over the course of the 20th century. And how generations of students paid and benefitted.
The government's new funding package for universities is a good first step. But its plan for low-cost online courses is problematic.
The University of Sydney took in about A$750 million from international students in 2017. Two-thirds of that – about $500 million – came from international students from China.
Universities have put in place many measures to help international students. But online classes are not a simple solution, and the government could help with the extra money students have to spend.
Australia has never had such a drop in student numbers. Even during the SARS outbreak Australia didn’t implement bans on those travelling from affected countries.
The Coalition has had longer than a three year cycle to make some changes to education. But since the 2016 election, what has it actually done? And what is Labor proposing?
Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.
Funding debates dominated most education policy talks in 2017, but discussions look to be extending past the dollar value in 2018 with a number of high profile reports due for release.
A number of universities around the world are providing free textbooks to first year university students as a way to increase retention rates.
The government should add a 'super payment option' that allows graduates to offset the cost of their HELP repayments.
Students who take longer to complete their degree will be hit hard by fee hikes.
We shouldn't take the government’s own budgetary savings rationale at face value.
It takes a combination of formal and informal learning to equip academics to become better teachers. Universities need to encourage both approaches.
Students will now have to pay back more of their loan, and repay quicker.