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Australia: Research postgraduates to pay for the privilege

As well as generating alarm among Australia’s academics with his reform plans for higher education, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has caused consternation among research masters and doctoral students by proposing to make them pay fees for the first time.

Under the new scheme, planned to be adopted in 2016, postgraduates undertaking research degrees would be charged up to A$3,900 (US$3,600) a year. At the same time, Pyne wants to cut A$175 million from the government’s research training scheme which enables universities to enrol research students without them having to pay fees. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 29 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Are grades at postgraduate level irrelevant?

Are grades at postgraduate level irrelevant? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The pressure is on for good grades in undergraduate degrees, but is it the same for postgraduates?

At undergraduate level, a lot of emphasis is put on the grades required to carry on to the next level, whether that be a job, a further course or a graduate programme.

As a result of the difficult job climate for graduates, more students are choosing to prolong their education and undertake postgraduate qualifications in the hope of becoming more employable – the latest HESA figures show 85% of postgraduates versus 73% of undergraduates were in employment (or working and studying) 6 months after graduation. (...) - by Natasha Clark, The Guardian, 01/04/2014

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[Australia] Helping postgraduate students adapt to study abroad

I am leading an international collaborative research project, funded by the Australian government’s Office for Teaching and Learning, which involves universities in Australia and China.

We are interested in exploring how Chinese students might make the transition more successfully into postgraduate coursework studies in communication and media in Australia – and possibly in other fields and other Western countries as well. (...)  - University World News, by Christine Daymon, 27 June 2014 Issue No:326

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[Sweden] New legislation to help foreign postgraduates stay on

On 1 July this year, new legislation will come into force in Sweden that includes measures which will make it considerably easier for foreign doctoral candidates and students to stay and work in the country after graduating.

An agreement between the outgoing Alliance government and the Swedish Green party will secure a majority vote for the proposal in the parliament. (...) – University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 21 March 2014 Issue No:312

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