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 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.
A major policy shift in the 1990s saw the Finnish state become an active player in innovation, which changed the research-innovation nexus substantially. This shift was characterised by the introduction of differentiated tertiary education qualifications (polytechnics and universities), the consequences of which were remarkable achievements in Finland’s higher education and innovation sectors.
Table of Contents: Go8 Submission to the inquiry on Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014; New Go8 Publications; Curiosity: the secret to research breakthroughs; Go8 institutions now in the top 100 in the QS Rankings; ARMS 2014; Australian Education Fairs in Latin America; Executive Files: Monash University; Research with Impact; Calendar of Events
Governments in many countries exert pressures on universities to be more accountable for the results they manage to achieve with the resources available to them. A recently added twist, ironically within the context of falling government investment and rising student demand, is that governments are intruding into areas which have long been regarded as prerogatives of autonomous universities.
The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and the Group of Eight (Go8) undertook a joint trial exercise, the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Trial, in 2012 to assess the impact of research produced by the Australian university sector.
Address to the Financial Review Higher Education Conference 2009, Sydney, 10 March 2009
Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, The Group of Eight
The worst possible outcome in the aftermath of the Bradley and Cutler reviews would be further levelling‐down of Australia’s intellectual performance peaks and erosion of the knowledge base.