Languages out, AI in: the degrees universities have axed

Languages are out but artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and health are in, as Australian universities chop and change courses to cut costs and meet student demand, write Madeleine Heffernan and Lucy Carroll for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Eighteen bachelor degrees have been discontinued in Victoria and New South Wales, despite being identified as areas of national priority or as having the potential to ease skills shortages, the Department of Education said.

Japanese, Chinese and Italian languages at Swinburne University and Indonesian at La Trobe University and the University of Western Sydney are among the language course closures since 2019. Swinburne scrapped all foreign language studies as part of deep cost cuts during the pandemic.
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