Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education Field Rickards has welcomed the new standards for teacher education announced today by the Federal Government, but has questioned whether they go far enough.
Teachers are being unfairly blamed for the Australian education system’s problems, where in fact they are its greatest asset, Professor Stephen Dinham will tell the Australian College of Educators (ACE) in Canberra tonight (Thursday 28 Feb).
Belief in the centrality of education to national prosperity - shared by both former Australian Prime Ministers Menzies and Whitlam - “resonates today with the charter of every Australian university”, according to University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor Janice Reid.
Cuts to University research funding, announced this week by the Federal Government will impact on Australia’s research competitiveness and ability to help the community address major social ills and will undermine the gains made in international rankings, University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis has warned.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.