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Sharpening Works, to a Point

Sharpening works for some tools but not for others. The phrase that if “all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail” is often used to encourage us to recognise multiple tools are needed to get complex, diverse and unpredictable jobs done.  

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Standing out from the Pack

The 39 Australian universities operating through 2020 have had a year unlike any other, however long each of them has operated, and whatever their origins have been. Their students, staff, leaders, and partners have never encountered anything quite like this.

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It’s in the national interest to fund research

Professor Pascale Quester | The Australian: Much has been written this year regarding the havoc COVID-19 is wreaking on Australia’s higher education sector, as well as the plight brought on our universities by the travel bans and sudden disappearance of international cohorts who have sustained them for decades.

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Home alone: a higher education experience?

One of the first impacts of a coronavirus pandemic being declared was the immediate closure of Australian international borders, coming soon after the Lunar New Year. It came when so many of the international students planning to come to Australia in 2020 were taking their chance to visit their families and embrace their culture in their homelands.

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Amid economic meltdown, we must reimagine the university

Marguerite Dennis | University World News: The virus has put the spotlight on higher education’s antiquated financial models, rigid admissions and registration procedures and dismal student progression and graduation rates. But COVID-19 has also presented higher education with opportunities to replace inefficiencies with reimagined solutions.

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