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Doctoral Education in Australia: Lack of academic positions affects interests for pursuing doctoral degrees among domestic applicants

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By Anya Klyukanova & Roxana Chiappa While Australia is one of the more popular countries for international students to receive a postgraduate degree, domestic applicants seem to be less motivated for continuing doctoral degrees at home. Dr. Richard Strugnell, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Graduate Research at the University of Melbourne, summarizes the phenomenon succinctly: “The universities are not hiring – they’re …

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Helene Marsh

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Helene Marsh is Dean of Graduate Research Studies and Professor of Environmental Science at James Cook University (JCU). Helene has been Convenor of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies for two terms 2002-3 and 2009-10 and has contributed to the literature on doctoral pedagogy and policy. The focus of her research in Environmental Science has been …

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Margaret Kiley

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Dr. Margaret Kiley works in the Center for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching at the Australian National University (ANU). Her research expertise for over fifteen years has been in research education including: the examination of theses; experiences of international students undertaking research degrees; candidates and supervisors’ conceptions of research; and candidates and supervisors’ expectations of the research experience. Margaret has …

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Terry Evans

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Dr. Terry Evans is a professor in the School of Education at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. He is recognised internationally for his publications, research and scholarship in doctoral education and policy, and in open and distance education. He is on the editorial boards of ten international journals and is the editor or co-editor of fourteen books including: Doctorates Downunder: …

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