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Title: Australian Higher Education Country Report
Contributor(s): Goedegebuure, Leo (author); Meek, Vincent Lynn (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: The discussion of the Australian Country Report starts with a general overview of the higher education system's structure and function, followed by a more detailed analysis. We then describe and analyze the national policy framework in which higher education is located. Australia has had its fair share of reviews and government policy initiatives, and currently again is going through a period of major review. This makes it difficult to look forward as the system at the moment is in a veritable status quo and much of the future directions depend on political priority setting and economic developments. Nevertheless, an attempt has been made to highlight major trends an issues, both in the sections on societal commitment and on research and innovation, as well as in the separate section on this thematic. As the discussion demonstrates, market disciple and the principles of concentration and selectivity have significantly shaped the Australian higher education system in recent decades. However, this by no means implies that burdensome bureaucratic regulation has disappeared. The final section briefly discusses the main topics that were suggested under the heading "Towards a new agenda".
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Asia-Pacific Sub-regional Preparatory Conference for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education - "Facing Global and Local Challenges: the New Dynamics for Higher Education", Macao, China, 24th - 26th September, 2008
Source of Publication: Asia-Pacific Sub-regional Preparatory Conference for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education Papers and Presentations (Country Reports), p. 1-36
Publisher: UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 160506 Education Policy
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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