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CHANGES to university course fees will disadvantage students and lead to more higher education redundancies, a regional union president says. The federal parliament last week passed a higher education bill, which was expected to more than double the cost of humanities degrees, and increase the cost of law and commerce courses. Degrees like nursing and engineering were expected to drop in cost under the changes. National Tertiary Education Union La Trobe branch president Virginia Mansell Lees said the increased costs to humanities degrees would disadvantage students who came from regional and low-socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as those who entered university later in life. Read more news: “It really just casts university education down in a way that is unnecessary,” she said. “This plan is really shortsighted. “We don’t want people to feel like they have been left behind because

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Job ready university degrees may not be the tertiary education solution we are hoping for

In 2005 I graduated from university with a combined degree in engineering and arts, majoring in philosophy.

Now, with 15 years of experience as a professional engineer specialising in wind turbine technology, I can look back and compare the practicality and “job relevance” of my two tertiary qualifications.

My grade average was almost exactly the same in both courses, and while I would not say that one was easier than the other, they were certainly very different.

Engineering grades seemed to be almost directly related to the number of hours spent studying and doing assignments: 10 hours’ study might get you a pass, 20 a credit, 30 a distinction, for example.

Yes, there was some variation between courses depending on how naturally the content came to me. Distinctions in mechanics of materials took me less study time than in software engineering.

With arts subjects, however, there was no such relationship

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