Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Australian higher education system ALREADY first class.

Australia has made big gains in the latest world university rankings, with one new entrant joining the world's top 200, and most of Australia's top universities moving up the rankings.

The Times Higher Education magazine releases its 11th annual World University Rankings today in London.

Melbourne University remains Australia's top-ranked university in 33rd position globally, ahead of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra at 45th (up from 48th last year), the University of Sydney at 60th (up from 72nd) and the University of Queensland at 65th position (down from 63rd).

The magazine report describes Australia's university sector as a "world-class system".

"The big question, as Australia moves into a period of radical reform with the full deregulation of tuition fees, is whether this admirable strength-in-depth can be maintained," it said.

"Are we going to see a greater polarisation in Australia between a global super-elite and a large number of also-rans declining?""The reforms may help a small Australian elite protect or even improve their global standing, but what about the rest?

Read the full report with rankings for Australian universities ( and also find a link to an excellent story about how Christopher Pyne's claims that Australian universities risk become mediocre without his reforms is in fact FAR FETCHED) using this link to the ABC online

Catching Up

I spent half a day up at work today finishing up a few jobs ( about 4 and a half days these holidays) and then caught up with some old friends and colleagues for lunch ( Karolina from Little Bendigo PS and Peter from Magpie PS. ) It was good to talk about our holidays, issues in education, nostalgia and education politics in general over a long liesurly lunch. The red tulips at work may have been decimated in a storm earlier this week but today I noticed our yellow tulips were popping up and looking good with the daffodils.

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