The Australia-China Arrangement on Higher Education Qualifications Recognition has been renewed at a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Mr Jia Qinglin, at Parliament House.

The Arrangement on Higher Education Qualifications Recognition supports greater student, academic and professional mobility between China and Australia, and enhances links between Australian and Chinese universities.

Chinese students comprise almost 40 per cent of Australia’s international student population, representing the largest group of international students enrolled in Australian institutions. 

In 2010 there were more than 167,000 enrolments of Chinese students in Australian education institutions, making Australia one of the most popular destinations for Chinese students studying abroad. 

The Australian Government has announced a review into higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A new web guide to sustainability in higher education has been launched.

A new report from Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has highlighted the importance of the Australian Government's national reforms to early childhood education and care.

The benefits of enabling electronic access to learner information for formal verification are addressed in a new positioning paper.

The NSW Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Adrian Piccoli, has been appointed Minister for Education in the state’s new coalition Cabinet.

Applications have been called for the third and final round of the Federal Government’s Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund, part of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools program.

Western Australia and Victoria are both calling for nominations for their state vocational education and training awards.

Australia’s leading universities have called for measures to address a 30% funding gap between base funding provided to universities and the costs of their core activities.

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has launched two new projects looking at university professional development programs and how they are evaluated.

A report released by the Industry Skills Councils, representing 11 separate industry skills groupings, has warned that as many as 53 per cent of working-age Australians have difficulty with numeracy skills, and 46 per cent of Australian adults have problems with reading skills.

Australian children growing up in major cities do better in terms of their physical development and educational outcomes than children living in regional and remote areas, according to an analysis by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

An internationally-recognised academic and university leader has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia from 2012.

Universities Australia, representing Australia’s 39 universities, has released its commissioned Good Practice Guidelines for Enhancing Student Safety, providing a safety good practice frameword for students and staff, both on and off university campuses.

Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall has announced the allocation of $7 million for the construction of a new Regional Health Hub at Deakin University's Geelong Campus.

The Federal Government has withdrawn its funding for the Australian Academy of Science’s primary and high school science education programs.

A new $5.25 million branch of the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT) has opened in Echuca in Victoria's north.

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has published a report on the quality of higher education in Australia, calling for the development of a framework to guide tertiary institutions in maintaining their teaching and learning standards.

An ABS report has found the level of Year 12 attainment rates has increased significantly over the last nine years.

New legislation passed by the Senate has guaranteed the continuation of existing level of funding through to the end of 2013 and capital expenditure until 2014.

An expert panel has been established by the Victorian Government to develop a Tertiary Education Plan for Victoria's Gippsland area.

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