This is the third infrastructure survey conducted by the Go8, focusing on the state of the buildings and infrastructure at the Go8 universities. This most recent survey collated data relating to aspects of the estate not previously explored, including leasing arrangements, space utilisation, parking, and transportation modes.
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
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:
The Kemp-Norton Report and higher education industry restructuring;
New Go8 publications for May 2014;
Brazilian students build job-ready skills;
Go8 Sponsorship at the largest International Education Conference in Brazil;
AEARU signs Hefei Statement;
Research with Impact: Fish Ecology;
Calendar of Events.
The Government has placed a strong emphasis on social inclusion across all social policy settings. In higher education the focus has been on the participation of low SES students at the undergraduate level. This has been done within the context of a push for growth in the attainment of Bachelor level qualifications to improve overall productivity and social outcomes.
In recent years there has been an overall lack of a clear and cohesive research funding policy for higher education which poses real risks in Australia’s ability to sustain research excellence and is likely to lead to a decline in Australia’s research performance at the international level. This could well lead to a decline in the reputation of Australian universities and a consequential decline in Australia’s ability to attract the best researchers and research students and be detrimental to Australia’s economic competitiveness.