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2022: The year of living (almost) normally


Changes at the top and a tentative post-Covid reopening defined Australia and New Zealand’s year

In late November, tertiary sector workers filled the largest conference room at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne for the annual meeting of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority. Hardly any of the hundreds in attendance were masked and the seats were crammed together.

Opening the second day, Claire Macken, director of RMIT University’s campus in Vietnam, joked about how last year she’d attended the conference wearing tracksuit pants—on Zoom, of course, given that Covid-19 restrictions had suspended in-person conferences.

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