The Go8's submission to the Federal Government's Review of the National Innovation System includes over 20 recommendations designed to ensure that Australia's research and research training systems are capable of underpinning a dynamic economy and society. The Go8 submission stresses the importance of basic research and business / community / university collaboration to innovation, but suggests that arguably the most important function of universities is the cultivation of talent in an environment that values intellectual curiosity. Key recommendations of the Go8's submission include:
The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year.
The Chair of the Board rotates among member universities.
The current Chair of the Board is Professor Ian Young AO, Vice-Chancellor, The Australian National University.Link to Professor Young's biography
This scheme is a joint initiative of the Go8 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic co-operation.
It is one of the world's largest and most respected organisations in its field. Its mission is to advance Germany’s international engagement in the fields of education, science, culture and research.
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2013 Budget and universities;
Savings measures annnounced in April as detailed in the Budget papers;
Go8 appoints new team member;
Thinking Ahead: an investment worth making;
University research income: updated figures;
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Student Leadership in International Cooperation;
Strengthening the Go8 network;
Go8 brand refresh and communication strategy;
Global network of research universities;
The Go8 offers a trusted network through which ideas and expertise are shared. Various committees of Go8 directors meet regularly to share information and ideas and to work jointly on projects.
The first Go8 Directors' event, held in Melbourne in May 2009, brought together the various director groups (commercialisation, human resources, international, research, data sharing and more) with a view to developing understanding, increasing operating efficiency and improving collaboration across the Go8 network.
Table of Contents: Go8 Chair to deliver an Address to the National Press Club; Higher Ed Deregulation Conference in Melbourne; Budget Implementation Issues; New Go8 Publications; The Thai 9 National Research Universities; Hefei Statement Signatories Working Together; An Informal Guide for Australian Scientists; Go8 Networking Function at NAFSA – San Diego; Go8 Impact through Medical Research; Calendar of Events
The Go8 offers a trusted network through which ideas and expertise are shared.
Various committees of Go8 directors meet regularly but separately to share information and ideas and to work jointly on projects (e.g. benchmarking).
Increasingly there are important points of interaction among the work of different groups. Consequently there is a need for shared understandings, agreed definitions and improved communication across the groups.
Go8 Backgrounder 6: Mission-based funding compacts with public universities explores the possible uses of compacts in government financing of university activities, examines their potential costs and benefits, and outlines principles for their design and implementation.