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Commercial focus of Australian university review slammed


Science academy takes aim at ‘sloppy thinking’ in terms of reference for upcoming universities accord

The Australian Academy of Science has slammed the government’s approach to running a review of the country’s higher education system, decrying the inclusion of commercialisation as a focus area.

In November, education minister Jason Clare kicked off development of a ‘universities accord’ to build a long-term plan for Australia’s higher education system—the first broad review of the sector in 15 years. The first step was a consultation on the terms of reference for the review, comprised of seven priorities areas on which the accord would deliver recommendations and targets.

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