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Disruption to universities will create opportunities and challenges_UNSW
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UNSW Sydney was the proud host of the AAPBS 2018 Annual Meeting in November. 

Program details, presentations and audio can be found here.



Disruption to universities will create opportunities and challenges

More than 80 business school deans and delegates from across the Asia-Pacific gathered in Sydney
to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing students in a rapidly changing work world.

matters such as the impact of the gig economy, hybrid workforce, AI and big data.

"There were some very important take-aways for business schools, as well as for universities more broadly," Professor Chris Styles, Dean UNSW Business School said. 

"First, the work world that our graduates are entering is rapidly changing in fundamental, and not always predictable ways.

"Second, we will face increasing demand for content that is packaged in ways other than traditional degree structures.

 What this means is that as well as continuing to innovate in terms of course content and modes of delivery, 

we will also need to be innovative in regard to how we modularise our content."

"We may need to offer our respective markets much more that is in short course form,

leading to greater focus on what are sometimes called micro-credentials rather than continuing 

to have as dominant a focus on two- and three-year degrees." 

The primary purpose of the AAPBS is to provide leadership and representation

 to advance the quality of business and management education in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

The full article can be found here.





Indonesia, with its market of 262 million people, is more important to Australia than many Australians realise.

All hell broke loose during the Wentworth by-election when Prime Minister Scott Morrison suddenly announced 

that he was thinking of moving of Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


The main objections came, not on merits of the idea itself, but on whether it would upset Indonesia, 

the nation with whom Australia had just completed a landmark, but unsigned, 

free trade agreement and the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population.

The agreement is now unlikely to be signed for quite some time. In a face to face meeting 

with Indonesian President Joko Widodo last week that was intended to clear the way, Morrison was instead pressed about the Middle East.


But how important is the Indonesian trade relationship really? And would it be folly to sacrifice it on the altar of Middle East politics?

 

Australia and Indonesia have been entwined for a long time.

What is now Indonesia is almost certainly the Australian continent’s oldest trading partner.

 

Indigenous Australians fished and traded sea cucumber and other goods with 

their Makassan counterparts from at least the least the early 1700’s

Makassar is in the south-west corner of the Indonesian province of Sulawesi.

 

Australia provided critical support as what was then known as 

the Dutch East Indies fought for independence from the Dutch after the end of the second world war.

 

The Australian government provided medical supplies. Australian waterside workers refused to load Dutch ships.


The full article can be found here.



Barley is tactical weapon as China takes on Australia over dumping


China's so-called anti-dumping action against Australia is really an action against Australia's overuse of anti-dumping provisions. Barley producers are caught in the crossfire.

This week China launched its first ever anti-dumping investigation against Australia, targeting barley exports.

Australia’s barley industry is upset because it doesn’t believe it has been dumping.

But that isn’t the point. China’s main concern isn’t barley, and it isn’t the dumping of Australian products. It’s

Australia’s use of anti-dumping against China.


Australia’s use of anti-dumping action has been 
on the rise over the past decade.


Most of the actions, and most of the eventual anti-dumping measures, have been aimed at China.


While China’s steel industry has been the main target, many other Chinese industries have also been targeted; 

including aluminium products, clear float glass, stainless steel sinks, road wheels, solar panels or modules, A4 copy paper, and railway wheels.


Of the 
30 measures currently in force, 18 apply to China.

However, what’s been annoying China more has been Australia’s treatment of it as a non-market economy in anti-dumping investigations.

The designation flies in the face of a commitment Australia made as long ago as 2005 to treat China 

as a market economy as a precondition for the negotiation of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.


It means that the costs and prices actually charged in China aren’t used to determine whether or not it has been 
dumping.
Instead, prices and costs in a third country are used to work out what is meant to be normal.

As I warned in a previous article, if the practice continues it could drag Australia into 

a trade dispute that would harm the interests of Australian industries.


The full article can be found here.

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