International relations

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.

3 Mar 2017

The Group of Eight (Go8) support the development of a comprehensive engagement framework recognising the key pillars that will underpin Australia's international engagement and promote our role within a broader, global context. We welcome the opportunity to contirbute to this process and look forward to being activiely involved in further consultations and conversations.

Please note this submission represents the views of the Go8 network. Member universities may also make their own, more detailed submissions.

15 Apr 2014
Policy Papers
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.

10 Oct 2013Media Releases and Statements
Hefei Statement signing

For the first time, four of the world’s leading research university associations have made a joint statement on the characteristics of contemporary research universities. The four associations -- the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Consortium of China 9 Research Universities (C9), the Group of Eight Australia (Go8), and the League of European Research Universities (LERU) issued the statement at the annual meeting of the C9 universities in Hefei, China. “This statement articulates the key characteristics of research universities that enable them to fulfil their research and...

4 May 2011
Fellowship and internship

The Group of Eight’s Memorandum of Understanding with Chile’s leading universities, represented by the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities, (CRUCH) commits the two groups to co-operation and dialogue in a number of areas including research commercialisation, technology transfer and qualifications recognition.

17 Nov 2010

International education, particularly study in Australia, provides significant economic benefits for Australia. However, international education is much more than a business. The relationships formed through international education underpin Australia’s engagement with the world, and help sustain goodwill, trade and investment. If Australia can attract talented international students through scholarships and a reputation for quality, they will return to their home countries to become leaders in government, industry and the arts and ultimately help open doors for 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.

1 Mar 2010
Fellowship and internship

The Group  of Eight signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Molecular  Biology Laboratory (EMBL) on 29 March  2010.

The Go8 and EMBL have  undertaken to collaborate on the joint award of PhD qualifications in the  subject of molecular biology.

EMBL is  Europe’s life sciences research flagship. Based on analysis of citation data it  ranks as the highest  performing research institution outside the United States.   

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.

3 Feb 2009
Papua New Guinea

Between 2009 and 2012 the Group of Eight managed a program of academic collaboration with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby.  

The Go8-UPNG project engaged academics from Australian universities in a voluntary capacity to work with and support their academic counterparts at UPNG. Their travel, accommodation and living expenses were covered by the project (funded by the Go8 and AusAID), allowing the volunteers to work in a collaborative teaching and mentoring role.

4 Feb 2008
Chile agreement

The Go8 Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Chile complements the Free Trade Agreement between the Australian and Chilean Governments which comes  into effect on 30 July 2008.

Under the Agreement, academically eligible students will enter Masters, PhD, English and teacher  training programs as well as postdoc research exchanges at Go8 universities.  The Agreement supports the Chilean Government’s efforts to ensure that students enrol in high quality research intensive institutions.