Tertiary education funding

University Discretionary Research Expenditure Achieves Record Levels

Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins (2017)

Universities fund their research activities through a combination to external research funding, principally government sources with some private sector contributions, and by using university discretionary funds. The latter are mainly sourced for teaching domestic and international students and from donations and investment income. In numerous submissions to the Commonwealth Government Australian universities have consistently stated that government research funding was insufficient to sustain their international competitiveness so cross-subsidisation was necessary.

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The VET Student Loans Scheme

Mark Warburton (2017)

This paper examines some aspects of the policy and implementation of the new VET Student Loans scheme. The VET Student Loans scheme was rushed though the Parliament on a wave of public outrage about the rorting of VET FEE-HELP. The old scheme was voted out with little understanding of what the new one might bring in.

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The VET FEE-HELP Debacle

Mark Warburton (2016)

The 2012 expansion of VET FEE-HELP is not the first large Government policy initiative which has gone wrong during implementation. It is one where it is possible to correct some of the adverse consequences which have resulted. There will be an inappropriate loss of Government revenue and unjust outcomes for individuals if adequate efforts are not made to correct what has occurred. To date, the response by DET appears inadequate, based on the evidence it has given to Senators who have inquired into the matter. This paper attempts to clarify the issues which are involved and to point a way forward which might result in a more acceptable outcome.

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The Impact of Economic Crisis on Higher Education

V. Lynn Meek and Mary Leahy (2012)

This volume is the direct result of the establishment of the Educational Research Institutes Network in the Asia-Pacific (ERI-Net). In late 2009, the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) established a network of educational research institutes to encourage and facilitate regional cooperation in carrying out analytical studies on tertiary education policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region. “The aim of ERI-Net is to build knowledge about trends and discontinuities, commonalities and diversity, challenges and opportunities, successes and failures, as well as ongoing undertakings and experiments in various systems of education”.

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