Group of Eight Strategic Plan
The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises the Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of Australia’s leading research universities. Go8 universities are distinguished by the intensity and breadth of the research they perform, the research-informed nature of the education they offer, and the leadership they bring to community consideration of complex issues.
The Go8 provides a means through which Australia’s leading universities can work together more effectively to:
The current and first independent review of Australia’s student visa program by The Hon Michael Knight AO is a welcome indication of the Government’s recognition of the importance of international education to Australian society. It represents a crucial opportunity for reform to ensure Australian education institutions can compete for the most talented international students.
Government and universities must work together to plan for future capacity and meet expected demand for university education, according to the Group of Eight (Go8) universities.
Go8 analysis of the latest population projections underscores the need for reform and enhanced investment in Australia’s tertiary education system.
In a background paper released today, the Go8 uses the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population projections to predict the likely implications of demographic change on Australia’s higher education sector.
Ms Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive from The Group of Eight, delivered a speech at EduTECH Congress, Brisbane on 2 June 2015. The title of her speech is "Building strategic partnerships and global collaborations to strengthen University performance"
Please click the link below to view or download the transcript in PDF.
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 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.
Ms Vicki Thomson
Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.
Prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).
Ms Thomson's diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management and the higher education sector. She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.