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Bauman Moscow State Technical University.   El № FS 77 - 48211.   ISSN 1994-0408

AUSTRALIA: Higher Education Faces Another Major Upheaval

Australian universities are preparing for one of the biggest shake-ups higher education has experienced since a Labor government reshaped the sector by consolidating universities and colleges of advanced education in the late 1980s.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne appears to be preparing the ground to extend federal funding to for-profit universities and non-university colleges to create a United States-style system in Australia.

In a speech in London last week, Pyne said that “a new wave of deregulation was needed to stop Australia's universities falling behind the rest of the world”. He said he was alarmed that only one Australian university, Melbourne, was in the top 50 in the world according to the Times Higher Education's World Reputation Rankings.

While seven Australian universities went backwards in the rankings last year, Asian universities were “storming up the leader board” and the top 10 were American universities, Pyne said.

“We have much to learn about universities competing for students and focusing on our students,” he said. “Not least, we have much to learn about this from our friends in the United States [whose] college system offers students more choice, encourages competition and foments a culture of philanthropy.”

Pyne's comments followed the release last month of a review of the higher education system by two of his right-wing warriors, Dr David Kemp, a former conservative education minister, and Dr Andrew Norton, a university specialist at a private Melbourne think-tank, the Grattan Institute.

Their report has generated alarm across the higher education sector at the implications its 17 recommendations have for the future of public universities.

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