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Markets, Distance Education, and Australian Higher Education
Ted Nunan
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning , 2005,
Abstract: The paper argues that the Australian university system is unstable. There will be significant change as government implements its reform agenda and even more radical change if it moves to new deregulation. The role of distance education in university education needs to be analyzed against this ‘market’ agenda of government in terms of characteristics of markets and market behavior. After a scan of the current role, the paper looks at two scenarios (regulated and deregulated) for distance education in university teaching and learning in Australia.
Ali R?za ERDEM
e-International Journal of Educational Research , 2010,
Abstract: Who will meet the financing of education cost, or in other words sponsorship to education, has traditionally been a social concern as in other teaching steps. Actually, this discussion is closely related to inner and outer obstacles and financial matters as well as required qualifications and efficiency of education.As the scope of the finance in education is the state, the scope of the finance in higher education is the state itself because higher education has been, so far, heavily considered as a public service whose expenses are extensively met through public sources in each country except the USA and several other countries. However, the financing of the cost of the increasing demand to higher education only with social sources is nowadays being interrogatedHigher education is a service of high cost. Financing ways of higher education in various countries range a large spectrum from institutions sponsored only by students’ contribution fees without any other supports else for institutions whose all higher educational expenses, including feeding and accommodation, are completely met through social sources.Financing of Turkish Higher Education service is mostly handled two different models: the state and foundation universities. The first one, state’s universities, have traditionally adopted “a financial system relying on national sources” while foundation ones have developed their own “exclusive financing”. Today, budget financing accounts for nearly %80 of the budget allocated for state’s universities. In the year 1973, the classical budge system was replaced by “program budget system”, and then in 1998 was converted into a joint budget system. The current system, analytic budget system” has been in practice since 2004. However, in foundation universities, the main approach is treasure aids to make contributions to their expenses provided it remains limited with the payment in the budgetDespite the increase in the number of students in Turkish Higher Education system, the portion reserved from the state’s budget has declined. Therefore, decline in portion of higher education allocated in the budget has also caused our higher education institutions to make up new ways of searching for exclusive sources apart from public, one of which is to increase the fee paid by students. However, such an increase in students’ education fee has brought together some discussion concerning “unequal opportunities in higher education” particularly in terms of groups of middle and lower income.“The income of the higher education” in Turkish Higher Education system is s
Supporting the Language and Learning Development of EAL Students in Australian Higher Education
Paul J. Moore
Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal , 2012,
Abstract: The role of learning advising in improving the educational outcomes of students for whom English is an additional language (EAL) in Australian universities has received significant attention in recent years. A combination of research findings, governmental pressure and media scrutiny has provided renewed impetus for universities to address issues of language proficiency and academic literacy amongst the growing population of onshore international students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). In this paper, I discuss the role of academic language and learning advising in the Australian university context, including how this practice is influenced by a range of political, pedagogical and practical factors. In doing so, I draw on Carson and Mynard’s (2012) analysis of the aims, practices, skills, locations and discourses of advising in language learning to explore how the two fields might inform each other.
Using Cloud Computing in Higher Education: A Strategy to Improve Agility in the Current Financial Crisis  [cached]
Marinela Mircea,Anca Ioana Andreescu
Communications of the IBIMA , 2011,
Abstract: In the current financial crisis and being challenged by growing needs, universities are facing problems in providing necessary information technology (IT) support for educational, research and development activities. The objective of this paper is to find alternatives to the use of IT, while leading universities to improve agility and obtain savings. The research methodology consisted in a rigorous analysis of the latest research on Cloud Computing as an alternative to IT provision, management and security. It also took into account the best practices for Cloud Computing usage within universities, plus the authors’ experience in IT and higher education. The article begins with a brief introduction to Cloud Computing in universities, referring to the most important results obtained so far. Further, a starting point for universities to use Cloud Computing is provided, by proposing an adoption strategy. The strategy includes five stages, with emphasis on the evaluation of data and processes/functions/applications from several major universities based on some key criteria, while creating a correspondence between these aspects and the models/services/applications that exist on the Cloud market. The results obtained are encouraging and support the use of Cloud solutions in universities by improving knowledge in this field and providing a practical guide adaptable to the university’s structure. In order to be applicable in practice, the proposed model takes into account the university’s architecture and criteria such as mission, availability and importance of applications and also the data’s mission, sensitivity, confidentiality, integrity and availability.
Collaborating with Industry to Enhance Financial Planning and Accounting Education
Mark Brimble,Craig Cameron,Brett Freudenberg,Campbell Fraser
Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal , 2012,
Abstract: Higher education is integral to the professionalisation of financial planning in Australia. However, thetraditional separation between ‘content’ and ‘practice’ in tertiary curriculum does not necessarily equipstudents with the skills required to apply the content in a professional context. Contextualisation of thefinancial planning curriculum requires collaboration between higher education institutions and the professionto develop authentic learning environments, such as work-integrated learning (WIL). This paper describes thecollaboration by one Australian university to develop a professionally integrated Financial Planning andAccounting degree and provides evidence of its impact from an industry perspective. The results reveal a highlevel of industry satisfaction with the degree, substantial professional integration, as well as the developmentof students’ professional skills. Students also developed an improved impression of the university, its studentsand its staff.
When it Comes to Financial Literacy, is Gender Really an Issue?
Suzanne P. Wagland,Sharon Taylor
Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal , 2009,
Abstract: In Australia the introduction of compulsory superannuation has resulted in the financial services industryflourishing and the introduction of numerous new products and services. As a result financial education iscritically important to differentiate the extensive range of providers, products and services as means to achievefinancial security. Several research papers published since 2000 have attempted to measure the level offinancial literacy in today’s society. Some of these studies have suggested that gender is a significant variableimpacting on the level of financial literacy. However, to date no such evidence relating to gender differenceand its impact on the level of financial literacy is available in Australia. The purpose of this pilot study was toexplore the validity of the research outcomes of Chen and Volpe (2002) in an Australian context. To this endthe study concentrates on determining the level of financial literacy among Australian undergraduate businessstudents at the University of Western Sydney (UWS).
Federal state educational standards of higher professional education. Discipline Law : perspectives of introduction in medical institutes  [PDF]
Erugina М.V.,Vlasova М.V.,Sazanova G.U.,Dolgova Е.М.
Saratov Journal of Medical Scientific Research , 2012,
Abstract: The article discusses the positive and negative impact of the new Federal state educational standards of higher professional education on the quality of studying the discipline Law in medical schools
Financial Education
Udo Reifner,Anne Schelhowe
Journal of Social Science Education , 2010,
Abstract: New, more or better financial education and financial literacy programmes should lead to improved financial capability, knowledge and outcomes. Yet we do not even know which terminology is most suitable for those projects who all intend to give an answer to a question which is less than clear. What is meant by the term “financial education”? Why did the “demand” for financial education suddenly increase? Have the numerous tasks which consumers in a modern society have to fulfill created this new field for financial education? Are their specific needs of financial markets which need adapted consumers as competent players? Or has the general level of education fallen? Would more ignorance on financial products perhaps increase the likelihood of these markets to care more about consumers? Do we truly need financial education at all and if so, as this article argues, what kind of financial education would respond to it? Based on five years of empirical research, on existing papers and curriculars for financial education and another five years of our own experiences with practical financial education in schools and with clients of debt advice agencies we would like to promote financial education as a form of consumer protection where consumers are seen collectively as the true masters of the economy.
Research on the Undergraduate Financial Engineering Education in China  [cached]
Haiyong Ma,Weiwei Zhang
World Journal of Education , 2011, DOI: 10.5430/wje.v1n2p69
Abstract: The rapid development of modern economy has put forward higher requirements for financial engineering education. This paper analyzes the status and problems in undergraduate financial engineering education in china, such as indistinct training objective, rigid curriculum structure, and superficial teaching methods, etc. and puts forward suggestions to improve undergraduate financial engineering education in China.
Internationalization of Higher Education in China: Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools and the Introduction of High-Quality Foreign Educational Resources
Zhen Tan
International Education Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ies.v2n3p166
Abstract: With the acceleration of the internationalization process of higher education in China, the Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools (CFCRS) has been developing at an expeditious pace nowadays. It positively enhances the internationalization process of Chinese higher education and greatly contributes to providing the society with talents. However, the existence of lacking real practical experience in CFCRS greatly undermines introducing high-quality foreign educational resources and personnel; and this does not comply with the idea of CFCRS, which is introducing high-quality foreign educational resources and personnel. This paper deals with the research of CFCRS firstly, followed by the definition and concepts of CFCRS and educational resources. The motive of introducing high-quality foreign educational resources and personnel is annalyzed and the quality of the introduced foreign educational resources and personnel is evaluated, which will assist the improvements and benefit the internationalization of Chinese higher education.
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