Pedagogy is in flux and so is the way universities are delivering education

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Universities need to meet students’ changing needs and they need strong business skills and design skills to do so. The end of “chalk and talk” is coupled with the drive to sustainability and demands for the best technology.
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University labs – probably the toughest challenge of all

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Universities talk about sustainability but few are doing anything to reach the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations, a leading sustainability expert has told The Fifth Estate.
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Empowering schools to improve their own sustainability

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School buildings and facilities, much like the rest of the rapidly ageing building stock in Australia, are becoming increasingly inefficient and costly to run. But the education sector has a…
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Uni of South Australia – how the M2 fared

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M2 Building, the University of South Australia’s $50 million research-focused facility is the “benchmark for other UniSA projects”.
When University of South Australia’s Materials and Minerals Science Building and Plasso at the Mawson Lakes campus was completed in 2011, it marked a new trajectory for the university’s approach…
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Why open plan isn’t right for academia

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Tertiary institutions must accommodate the unique workspace needs of academics if they are to continue to contribute productively. Australian universities, according to international ratings, are world leaders in knowledge creation…
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What are some of the drivers and challenges for the built environment in the university sector in Australia?
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Education 4.0: the revolution hitting higher education campuses worldwide

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Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture. Photo: Nicolai Steinø.
Let’s take a global glide to find the most exciting thinking in university design. From Northampton and education 4.0 to Stanford’s nanodegree and Delft’s “The Why Factory”.
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Designing sustainable educational buildings in New Zealand

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Unusually for a tertiary institute in New Zealand, Kahukura is made mostly of timber.
The last 10 years has seen over NZ$1.5 billion worth of new educational buildings constructed in New Zealand. While population growth, particularly in Auckland, is a factor, a significant portion…
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2020 hindsight – the University of Melbourne’s emissions reduction journey since 2007

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The University of Melbourne has committed to achieve a 4 Star rating for all major building refurbishments.
“The Spot”, constructed for the University of Melbourne’s Business and Economics faculty, was reported to be the first 5 Star Green Star university building in Australia. Constructed in Pelham Street,…
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