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Back to the Future: Opinion

The increase in tree and sea changes, the move to the regions, and the retro movement and growth of local communities, are all major drivers for universities right now. I hear an increasing number of vice chancellors talk about 2021 being a year of forging stronger links with their internal and external communities and giving greater credence to local context. 

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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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