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
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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;
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.
In 2012 the Group of Eight signed agreements with two Brazilian Government Agencies: CAPES (Agency that belongs to the Ministry of Education) and CNPQ (Agency that belongs to the Ministry of Science and Technology).
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C9–Go8 PhD Forum 2013;
Change of Government: evolving policy agenda;
Go8 Participates in the Conference of the Americas in International Education (CAIE) 2013;
Go8 joins the Australian Education Fairs in Latin America;
Research with impact - Attaching Biomolecules to Surfaces
New Go8 Director for Information and Analysis;
Courtesy Calls and Visits;
Calendar of Events;
Congratulations - 2013 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.
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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.