When I graduated from Monash University in 2004, I received more than just a Computing education. The experiences and opportunities in Monash opened my eyes and spurred my desire to understand a larger and interconnected world of knowledge and disciplines. My time in Monash has also encouraged me to boldy pursue my interests and passion which is the manner I want to live my life.
I thought the distinguished alumni featured in this videos perfectly described the capability and potential of this young and fine institution – Monash University.
Related link: Honouring our distinguished alumni (Monash University)
Students from the University of Western Sydney are not impressed by the University’s effort to deliver lectures via podcast. The student felt that such a move (podcast) should be only used as a complement and not a substitute for traditional scholarly interaction.
This matter surfaced after UWS students learned (only in the first week of semester) that six of the 13 lectures in one key unit, Texts and Traditions, would come as podcasts. In other units there is a rotating timetable of face-to-face lectures and podcasts.
Arts dean Wayne McKenna said he believed Texts and Traditions was the only unit in which podcasts replaced face-to-face lecturers.
“(But) I suspect it could well be the shape of things to come,” Professor McKenna said.
As a result, a student petition is going around the campus, demanding cuts in fees to match cuts in face-to-face teaching time as the university extends the virtual classroom.
Source: Uni students say no to podcasts (The Australian Higher Education)
The decreasing standards behind the UK’s GCE A Levels examinations is an alarming trend, forcing universities to develop their own measure to differentiate applicants.
Imperial College London, Oxford and Cambridge universities are devising their own entrance exams to identify the best students among the applicant pool drowned with inflated grades. From 2010, Imperial wants all applicants to undertake an entrance examination because the traditional A levels no longer provides an adequate means of selection.
See “Standards on the slippery slope” (The Australian Higher Education) for further details.
The Australian reported a possible case of plagiarism by Griffith University Vice Chancellor – Ian O’Connor when he ‘cut and pasted whole passages of text from Wikipedia‘ in his opinion article in the same newspaper.
The opinion article was written in a response to reports that ‘Griffith had asked the Saudi embassy in Australia for a $1.37million grant for its Islamic Research Unit, telling the ambassador that certain elements of the controversial deal could be kept a secret’.
David Robinson, the last Australian Vice-Chanellor involved in plagiarims resigned from his role in Monash (2002) after instances of severe ‘liftings’ were uncovered in his previous books.
PS: I blogged about this incident only because I am passionate about the Australian Higher Education sector and the responsibility associated with academic freedom. To conduct a trial by media is not my intention.