2013 Posts

So When in Doubt, Go the Gratuitous Pole Dancer Shot?

UPDATE:  12:35pm 8 AUGUST 2013  in the processing of posting this story, it has become apparent that The Australian has decided there was a better photo option to accompany their story: check out the thumbnail at via the Higher Education home page  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education. While pleased with this outcome, I’m still including the original photo and caption included, if only to prove I’m not making this up…..

Maybe it’s because it’s National Science Week, when we celebrate the importance of science and the multitude of fields in which our relatively small country has consistently produced some of the world’s best and brightest. Or because, for the first time, Australia’s most senior minds in higher education, science and innovation have come together to call for a non-partisan support for science and research, to avoid the very real danger of not only wasting our nation’s talent, but falling behind our region and the rest of the world.  More

Superman Squared? 

Today is the day “Superman” is available for the masses in Australia (as opposed to yesterday, when it was open to everyone with time to queue). And while I’m a big fan of the original movie and Henry Cavill as Christopher Reeve’s true successor, there is another contender for the title, albeit not filling the suit in a Cavill-ish way.

The position of Australia’s Chief Scientist has been filled by some remarkable people since its inception, but it’s questionable whether one has ever been more suited to their time than Professor Ian Chubb AC. At the outset, I freely admit I have never had the pleasure of meeting the gentleman personally, nor do I or would I pretend to be qualified to comment on his abilities as a scientist, researcher or educator. That he is accomplished in all of these fields is probably necessary to even be considered for Chief Scientist, but it’s not really what the position, in my humble little opinion, is really about.  More

Rough Week?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a rough week – one of those weeks where you tell yourself to get over yourself cos it’s not like you’re in Syria, but then feel so bad for the Syrians that you feel worse because you’re the kind of person who compare themselves to the Syrians struggling to survive to make themselves feel better. Yeah, one of those weeks.  More

You Know You’re Getting Old When

You realise just how resilient you’re not anymore. It’s been over a week since I got back from Melbourne and the launch of YCF, and since I blogged – would love to say it’s because I’ve been so busy, but there was a fair bit of too tired too. It was an exciting, challenging, stimulating couple of days that reinforced a few things for me:

  • there are major opportunities for anyone prepared to take responsibility for themselves and their development.  It was a little disconcerting how many times we heard in sessions and out someone ask, “But whose responsibility is that?”. Odds are, if you have to ask, you want it to be someone other than you.  The upside of that is that if you will embrace that, you’ll set yourself ahead of the pack.  More

Isn’t It Enough for Innovators to just Innovate?

Numerous public and private sector reports in the last 36 months have identified the need for graduates from our education system to acquire commercial savvy and innovative thinking in order to compete internationally in a global marketplace for ideas. This is particularly so in the innovative industries which are widely accepted as the key to increasing productivity across economies, both directly and indirectly.

There appears to be a growing perception in the innovation industry base, particularly but by no means exclusively in those in their first 10 years of experience in their fields, that commerce equates to bringing an invention to market and as such, was irrelevant to them as “someone else does that”.  More

Putting the “Continuing” into Continuing Education

Changes in the mix of skills and occupations required by various industries influence the demand for education; this particularly influences mature-age students to return to education. The development of post-graduate courses and flexible methods for course delivery has allowed the expansion of this field over the past five years. In 2012-13, mature age students ie over 25 years old, accounted for 17.3% of the education and training market. Demand for these courses is high as people update and upgrade their knowledge and skills for career change and progression. Australia also has a strong record for participation in lifelong learning, measured against other OECD countries. More

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