Today the Australian reported that graduate job quality is on the slide. The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) is not surprised by these findings from the National Institute for Labour Studies, and are continuing to call for more funding and support for postgraduate students.
Given the increasing need for postgraduate study, how will the university sector be funded to meet the demand? The new government policy to change the way that postgraduate coursework students are funded is a step in the right direction, but the program needs to be expanded.
With more and more professions requiring a Masters level qualification, postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places will not just have to be linked to students and where they want to study, but also expanded to take this shift into account. The level of support must also increase for these students, many of whom cannot access income support like undergraduate students.
“In order for students to be employable they will increasingly need postgraduate study and the experience these courses provide. CAPA has argued that income support and Commonwealth Supported Places should be expanded to all coursework Masters for a number of years now,” says CAPA National President Peter Derbyshire. “We see the change in how the funding is allocated as a good first step but a lot of work needs to be put into expanding this program for the future.”
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