Tag Archives: Universities

Education Blog: How educators are failing and how we can respond

Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the re-emergence of One Nation, refusal to accept human induced climate change and the failure of other evidence based policy initiatives such as needs-based school funding and health care. As we see this occurring, … Continue reading

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Education Blog: Graduate Attributes for 2017 and beyond

Over the last few days I have been reflecting on the need to review the graduates attributes that are at the centre of the Citizen Scholar program that I have been developing with colleagues over the last few years. The … Continue reading

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The contribution of Indonesian Islam to Western Civilisation

This week I delivered the opening keynote at the annual conference of universities that are overseen by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) in Indonesia. Though not an expert in Islamic Studies or religion, I was asked to attend to speak … Continue reading

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Uni Graduations and… well, Pauline Hanson…

Last week Western Sydney University had its September graduations. It is always an important event for those graduating, their families and also the university – something that it true for all universities. It is an event that the University takes seriously … Continue reading

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Paris: How do we react to this madness?

The events in Paris have left us all feeling bewildered. I, along with the rest of the world, watched in horror as everything unfolded.   Though I love Paris – it is a place close to my heart as I … Continue reading

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Should a University re-brand?

As many people know, Western Sydney University recently rebranded (we ‘killed the bird’ logo replacing it with a shield and changed our name from University of Western Sydney).   This caused outrage in some quarters, mirth in others and a … Continue reading

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Talking Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention, Success…

Why do students drop out of university? How do they handle the transition into university (be it from secondary school or as mature aged students)? What does student success mean? How can we influence students to achieve? And just as … Continue reading

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Why Ernst & Young should remove degree classification from entry criteria… and why universities must continue innovate

One of the things I have been discussing with friends and colleagues over the last few years is the ‘future of universities’. My argument is quite simple, universities are where newspapers and record labels used to be a decade or so ago: … Continue reading

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How do we teach creativity?

This semester at my university, the University of Western Sydney, I have been responsible for the introduction of three new subjects: Creativity, Innovation and Design, Introduction to Critical Thinking; and Research Stories.   Along with a fourth subject, Leadership in … Continue reading

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Re-defining literacy: Internationalisation as a form of literacy…

One focus of my research areas has been to consider the skills that, as educators, we should be teaching our students. It is a project which includes a collaboration with Dr David Hornsby (from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa) – who … Continue reading

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