The Group of Eight (Go8) activities have given rise to unprecedented collaboration and cooperation among Australia’s leading universities, the results of which manifest themselves in an array of social, cultural and economic developments that, directly or indirectly, benefit Australia, the region and the world. This section contains information on those contributions.

22 Sep 2014
UQ students

Gaining a better understanding of why international students choose to live and study in Australia is vital to the future of Australia’s fourth largest export industry, estimated at contributing around $15 billion a year to the economy.

In 2010, more than 4.1 million tertiary students worldwide were enrolled outside their country of citizenship. Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students, attracting nearly seven per cent of the total.

13 May 2014
Policy Notes
cost of university study

The Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) provides loans to Australian students enrolling in eligible university courses. The critical design feature of a HELP loan is its contingency on income. Only those graduates that receive a financial benefit from their study are required to make repayments, which is a significant departure from those regimes abroad (such as the US), where the repayment of student loans is more akin to conventional mortgage-styled loans and linked to the age of the debt.

15 Apr 2014
Policy Notes
international students

The scale of the Australian education export market is well above what might be expected when considering the size of our population and economy. Australia is the third most popular destination for international students, attracting nearly seven per cent of the world’s international students. Nearly 300 thousand international students will commence study in Australia in 2014, the majority of which will be in higher education. This $15 billion industry is Australia’s fourth largest export, following just iron ore, coal and gold.

3 Feb 2014
Leadership Program


The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) provided the Go8 Secretariat with $100,000 funding for the establishment and implementation of a new ‘Student Leadership in International Cooperation’ (SLIC) Project between the Go8 and C9.


To develop proposals and ideas for cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities with the aim of promoting opportunities for outbound student mobility from Australia

12 Oct 2010
MOU 2010

The Go8 has signed an historic memorandum of understanding with the China 9 research universities. The China 9 includes some of China’s leading researchintensive universities, which have been selected by the Chinese Government to receive intensive funding for investment in world class research infrastructure and staff, and they are the first choice for the very best Chinese school leavers.

10 Mar 2009
C9 and Go8

The Go8 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deepen its co-operation with the leading research universities in China, known as the C9.

The C9 is a newly formed and like-minded organisation. It is a consortium of universities which has agreed to collaborate to enhance its international linkages and respond more effectively to global challenges.