Knowledge

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.

29 Apr 2014
Policy Papers
business

Universities play a central role in Australia’s innovation system and support the business sector, and individual firms, in many direct and indirect ways.  Universities provide Australia with a continuing supply of highly educated graduates, knowledgeable about the most recent developments in their disciplines and able to apply their expertise, understanding and skills within the particular circumstances of their employment.  Universities are also major generators of the new knowledge which advances understanding and, through its integration with complementary expertise and existing practic

8 Apr 2014
Policy Papers
skilled graduates

Absent a sustained increase in Australia’s birth rate or a rapid increase in net migration, there are few mechanisms available to policy makers to maintain income growth outside of those that target productivity growth. As Australia moves closer to the frontiers of economic performance, our progress will depend more and more on our capacity as a society to invent, innovate and adapt. This means that investing in skills will be an increasingly important factor to improving productivity in Australia.

26 Mar 2014
Policy Papers
demand driven

A key driver for the implementation of demand-driven funding was the prediction of shortfalls in demand for future graduates over the coming decade (to 2018). However, early indications suggest that much of the growth associated with demand-driven funding may occur in generalist fields of education, which have less well defined career paths than vocationally-orientated courses. The first wave of graduates from the demand-driven system is also due to graduate in a context of declining full time bachelor employment rates (as measured by the Graduate Destination Survey).

28 Feb 2014
The University of Melbourne
Professor John Hamilton and Professor Gary Anderson

In early 2008 a discovery by University of Melbourne researchers exploring mechanisms to halt inflammatory diseases resulted in the striking of an exclusive licence agreement with leading European biotechnology company MorphoSys AG. The drug in development by MorphoSys has the potential to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriasis, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. The research was led by Professor John Hamilton and Professor Gary Anderson of the University’s Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the...

28 Feb 2014
UNSW Sydney
The University of Adelaide

Australia has a high prevalence of asthma and there is evidence that proactive management and care planning can improve health outcomes. In 2001, the Australian Government introduced the Asthma 3+ Visit Plan to better support asthma care. However, the model of care implemented had never been formally tested and participation in the program began to decline. University of NSW researchers collaborated with GPs to investigate why this was the case and found the major barriers to greater uptake were the complexity and administrative work of the program, as well as the requirement for a patient to...

28 Feb 2014
Rolf Zinkernagel and Peter Doherty

In 1973 Rolf Zinkernagel came from Switzerland to the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra, Australia, where he met Peter Doherty. Together they studied basic aspects of the immune defence against virus infections in different strains of mice. Their discoveries illustrate how findings within basic biological research can give rise to conclusions with wide implications for society and fundamentally new therapeutic approaches in clinical medicine. Doherty and Zinkernagel found that white blood cells - or more precisely killer T cells - from one mouse strain - recognise and kill...

1 Apr 2013
Policy Papers

Anyone observing the world in which they live can see how the outputs of research improve our life, work and environment. Some people believe that if governments invest specifically in research designed to produce immediately useful outcomes, it could ensure an even higher return on government investment.

1 Nov 2012
Backgrounders

This backgrounder was prepared by Ms Ellen Fröhlich, head of the research department at the Freie Universität Berlin, during her visit to the Go8 in September. It adds to Go8 Backgrounder 24: ‘Answering the Global Challenge- Experiences from European Excellence Initiatives’, providing an in-depth overview of the German Excellence Initiative including the outcomes of the second round and an insight in to the general experience of the researchers and institutions involved in the process.

1 Jan 2010
Backgrounders

Science - The endless frontier is a short report  published in July 1945 that marks the beginning of modern science policy.   Despite being over 65 years old, its arguments still have relevance today.   Commissioned by President Franklin D Roosevelt and prepared by Vannevar Bush, an electrical engineer who had played an important role in directing US government research during World War II, the report presented a  new plan for science.   It argued that progress in science is essential to improve public welfare; that science is a proper concern of  government; and t

1 Jan 2010
Backgrounders

John Henry Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University is one of the foundation volumes for any discussions on the role of universities.  First published in 1853, it  provides an eloquent justification for the importance of knowledge as knowledge and argues for the importance of education in training the mind rather than  just developing instrumentalist skills.  While values and the context within which universities operate have both changed considerably since Newman’s days, the book still contains arguments that are relevant to any discourse on  the relevance of un

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