A substantial restructure has been proposed by six dual-sector universities
Six dual-sector universities in Australia have come together to request a substantial restructure, to establish a tertiary education system that is fairer, and develop graduates with more relevant, industry-specific skill sets that employers are looking for.
The Reforming Post-secondary Education in Australia paper expresses that universities which offer both higher education and vocational education and training qualifications, are requesting an improvement of the system via the Council of Australian Governments.
This paper specifically expresses the following:
This report has been signed by the vice-chancellors of the following universities:
“Enrolments in higher education have grown rapidly (although funding has now been capped) while VET enrolments in publicly funded courses are lower than they were a decade ago as public investment in VET has declined,”
– The Reforming Post-secondary Education in Australia Report
A “coherent funding framework” has been proposed for post-secondary education, that is said to include extending HECS-type loans across to VET, to ensure that no student who chooses to study in post-secondary education is made to pay their study fees up front.
There has also been a request to revisit the current model of teaching, to help students develop a stronger focus of underpinning knowledge, ensuring that VET graduates are equipped for today’s job market.
This paper brings to light major discrepancies between fees for similar courses, as well as the difference between income-contingent loans, depending on which sector they elect to study in, and what their location is.
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