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The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)

Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.

Opinion: linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Failing to keep up New Zealand universities slip down the rankings

New Zealand’s universities took a dive in this year’s QS World University Rankings. JUDE BARBACK considers whether global university rankings really matter.

Achieving thesis perfection

PROFESSOR ALISON JONES gives her 12 top tips for postgraduate writing success.

Saving our billion-dollar kiwifruit industry

The effects of the Psa virus have crippled New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry, but research efforts are aiding its recovery and providing glimmers of hope for the future of kiwifruit. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Does a masters mean more money?

JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at whether postgraduate qualifications really increase students’ earning potential when they join the workforce.

PTEs and the watchdog

Private training establishments catering for international students have rarely strayed from the media spotlight in recent years as concerns over corrupt and ill-equipped institutions continue to grow.
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Damning research from the OECD tells us that New Zealand’s most disadvantaged students struggle academically more than their overseas counterparts. Is it time to shift our focus to the many unique stories of student success that look beyond mere test results? By JUDE BARBACK.