Education Talking Points 12-11-2015

TAFE Directors call to freeze payments to risky private training colleges TAFE Directors in Australia have released a statement calling for a halt to funding of high-risk private training colleges, to prevent taxpayers and students from continuing to fund ‘unscrupulous training providers’. Read the full media release here. Quality Assurance Framework for International Education Agents …

Post Event Update: AustCham Beijing 2015 Education Forum

AustCham’s General Manager Nick Coyle, opened the 2015 Education Forum with greetings and brief remarks before introducing our first speaker, Katherine Vickers, Minister Counsellor, Education & Research at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Katherine gave an overview of the Education & Research group at the Australian Embassy and the work that they do around China. …

Education Talking Points 05-11-2015

Date: Thursday, 5th November 2015   No crisis, no need for higher fees, says UNSW vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs (English) Source: Brisbane Times, 05 Nov 2015 Australia’s higher education system is not in crisis and there is no compelling case for students to pay more for a degree, the vice-chancellor of one of the nation’s most …

Education Talking Points 29-10-2015

Date: Thursday, 29th October 2015   How technology can overcome Australia’s (and the world’s) educational problems (English) Source: Brisbane Times, 28 Oct 2015 A recent report estimated that at least 250 million of the world’s primary school age children, in both developing countries and developed countries, are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics …

Education Talking Points 22-10-15

Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2015 PDF version University loan help for Kiwis in Australia (English) Source: Otago Daily Times, 22 Oct 2015 Legislation introduced to federal parliament today will allow some NZ citizens’ access to the Higher Education Loan Program. Vocational Education and Skills Minister Luke Hartsuyker says the measure will help NZ citizens who …

Education Talking Points 16-10-15

Date: Friday, 16th October 2015 PDF version More needs to be done to curb runaway student loans in vocational training (English) Source: The Age, 14 Oct 2015 Loan scandals have featured heavily in Australia’s political history, and this week the new Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, will be hoping the buck stops here. …

Education Talking Points 25-09-15

PDF version Date: Thursday, 25th September 2015   Labor wants 2,000 students annually to take out loans for a ‘startup year’ (English) Source: zdnet.com, 24 September 2015 Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today announced his plan to ‘Get Australia Started’ by promising 17.8 million AUD in startup funding, creating two overseas startup visas, and …

Education Talking Points 17-09-2015

Date: Thursday, 17th September 2015   Vocational education, the biggest get-rich quick scheme in Australia (English) Source: smh.com.au, 17 September 2015 Vocational education is Australia’s fastest growing industry by far, with every cent of the money promised coming from the taxpayer. Last year, the system cost the Commonwealth $1.3 billion in subsidies, rising so fast …

Education Talking Points 10-09-15

Date: Thursday, 10th September 2015 PDF version Chinese ambassador Ma Chao-Xu’s highlights education benefits of ChAFTA (Chinese) Source: Ministry of foreign affairs, 3rd September 2015 In a recent speech Chinese Ambassador Ma Chao-Xu has highlighted his intent to enhance education cooperation in the bilateral relationship, post the finalisation of the FTA. The relationship is currently …