• Education

    School-leavers need better career education to make good choices


    Open Forum |  September 19, 2019


    The latest report from Global Access Partners (GAP) says universities should be encouraged to offer credit to school-leavers who achieve high results in relevant senior secondary courses, as well as develop new courses for specialist career educators.


  • Education

    The challenge of the contemporary university


    James Arvanitakis |  September 19, 2019


    Professor James Arvanitakis argues that universities must consciously train graduates to be active, engaged, empowered and committed citizens, as well as pursuing traditional scholarship, if the world’s ‘wicked problems’ are to be addressed in time.


  • Society

    Treading softly in power diplomacy


    Natalia Grincheva |  September 19, 2019


    Museums have emerged as new and effective actors of cultural soft power, including institutions in countries like China and Russia whose interests and actions seem diametrically opposed to the West.


Latest Story

  • Lifelong learning for Australia’s future

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      September 18, 2019

    The upcoming GAP Annual Economic Summit will consider ways to prepare new generations of Australians for a future characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

  • What President Trump needs to hear from Prime Minister Morrison

    James Curran     |      September 18, 2019

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s state visit to Washington later this week is a rare honour, and he should make the most of it by telling Mr Trump a few home truths.

  • Australia should retain more international students

    Jihyun Lee     |      September 18, 2019

    Australia’s university sector is one of the most attractive for international students. So why not try to keep them when they graduate rather than lose the talent we’ve helped train and educate?

  • Why are the rain forests burning?

    Trent Penman     |      September 17, 2019

    Forests around the world – from the Amazon to South-East Asia and Australia – are on fire, largely due to the direct and indirect actions of man.

  • What’s in store for Facebook Libra?

    Ian Tan     |      September 17, 2019

    Facebook is working on a cryptocurrency called Libra, which it hopes will be used by millions of Facebook users in developing countries who don’t own a bank account.

  • Mr Morrison goes to Washington

    Peter Jennings     |      September 17, 2019

    There’s no doubting the friendship and shared history of the USA and Australia, but it’s not immediately obvious that their current leaders have a common vision for peace, security and prosperity.

  • The human language of AI

    Julian Koplin     |      September 16, 2019

    Artificial intelligence can be convincingly human-like when it writes news or even poetry, raising ethical issues for the future.

  • NSW residents want action to safeguard water supplies

    Stuart Snell     |      September 16, 2019

    As rainfall dwindles and reserves run dry, residents of NSW are increasingly anxious about the future of domestic fresh water supplies.

  • Let’s “think different” about national security

    Ewen Levick     |      September 16, 2019

    We know what the future of our region looks like, but unless we start thinking about how we think, that knowledge may not be enough to help us cope with it.

  • Designing for people

    Ben Knight     |      September 15, 2019

    From the humble toaster to the popular coffee machine, more goes into designing an appliance or product than we probably think, but focusing on people’s needs should be central to the process.

  • Diary of an accidental activist

    Dennis Altman     |      September 15, 2019

    Denis Altman’s new book, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, accounts for his time in the US and draws comparisons between the American and Australian political state.

  • China sets out its military future

    Richard Bitzinger     |      September 15, 2019

    China has released a White Paper on defence — its first such report in four years — reiterating three broad strategic goals for the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over the next 30 years.