Unis must keep focus on student outcomes: Minister

The Education and Training Minister has called on universities to keep a “laser focus” on the outcomes of the students they enrol following the release of new data on graduate completions and job outcomes. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new reports showed six-year completion rates for university students had dropped to…

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2018 New Colombo Plan Scholars

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced 120 New Colombo Plan scholarships to talented undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region in 2018. These New Colombo Plan scholars will study in 20 host locations, including for the…

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Young Historian of the Year 2017

A Year 12 student from Canberra has been selected from more than 8000 entrants across the country as Australia’s Young Historian of the Year. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham presented the award to Hawker College student Ineka Voigt in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra today. Minister Birmingham said Ineka’s essay about…

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Australia’s collaborative problem solving students among world leaders

Australian students are among the world’s best collaborative problem-solvers, according to a new international report.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the OECD’s inaugural report on collaborative problem solving showed nearly twice the number of Australian students were highly skilled in problem solving compared to the OECD average.   The report ranked…

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Launch of new gravitational wave discovery centre

The Turnbull Government has backed a new Centre for Excellence to support a vital national and international research program into gravitational waves. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today officially launched the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery and said the facility will be critical in progressing further collaborative research in this rapidly…

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International study and research grants to expand student’s expertise

More than 3400 students and academics will get the opportunity to pursue overseas study and research, thanks to two Turnbull Government initiatives. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced the recipients of the Turnbull Government 2017 Endeavour Mobility Grants and the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships which will provide support to Australian students to…

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New initiative to enhance STEM leaders in our schools

The Turnbull Government is backing a new initiative from school principals aimed at enhancing leadership and changing the way Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taught in our schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s Principals as STEM Leaders project would strengthen the foundation for greater participation and engagement,…

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SES score review terms of reference

The Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the data and methodology used to determine specific components of Commonwealth funding for non-government schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology by the National School Resourcing Board would look into…

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