By preparing the next generation of professional leaders and innovators, discovering new knowledge and building relationships nationally and internationally, Go8 universities contribute to advancing Australia's wellbeing and solving the major challenges confronting the world.
The Group of Eight universities understand that connecting with business and government is a vital element in their efforts to advance Australia’s wellbeing. Committees of senior staff within Group of Eight universities work collaboratively on a range of issues including research and research commercialisation.
If your business would like to find out more about engaging with one of these committees please contact the Go8 secretariat.
Business and universities are different but complementary parts of the national innovation system and the effectiveness of the system depends on them working together. Linkages require reciprocity and both sectors need to play a role in initiating and strengthening them; neither sector can act in isolation from the other and all parties need to respond to the needs and concerns of the others.
Anyone observing the world in which they live can see how the outputs of research improve our life, work and environment. Some people believe that if governments invest specifically in research designed to produce immediately useful outcomes, it could ensure an even higher return on government investment.
Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, The Group of Eight
Paper prepared for the 2009 Tertiary Education Policy Seminars, coordinated by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education and Management
The University of Melbourne, 9 June 2009
My purpose tonight is to reflect on some of the policy implications of the 2009 Budget of the Australian Government with regard to higher education and university research.
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 Group of Eight (Go8) appreciates the Government’s decision to enter into mission-based compacts with universities ‘to support them to pursue their distinctive missions and to contribute to the Government’s ambitions for the higher education sector’. The way in which compacts are implemented will determine how effective they are in meeting these objectives.
The Government’s vision for the sector can be summarised as a responsive and high quality higher education system.
Leaders from the business community and university Vice-Chancellors came together in Sydney today for the launch of an innovative new tool designed to improve university/business interaction.
“World-class research and innovative activities occur every day in Australia's universities, but it can be difficult for individuals and industry to identify and access specific expertise,” said Go8 Chair, Professor Paul Greenfield.
There is now a great deal of experience across different countries as they work to improve the productivity and excellence of their higher education institutions. Each nation strives to create an international reputation for excellence that will attract students, academic staff and business.
This backgrounder describes and explores the lessons of the German Excellence Initiative and a similar program in France.
Our effort to understand and inform public policy for higher education and university research
Go8 Strengths & Links
Characteristics of Go8 universities, collaborative activities and international networks
The array of social, cultural and economic benefits arising from Go8 university activities.
The Go8 exists to: enhance the contribution of its member universities to the nation’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity; extend the contribution of its member universities to the generation and preservation of the world’s stock of knowledge; strengthen Australia’s capacity to engage in and benefit from global developments, respond to global and local challenges; and expand opportunities for Australian students, regardless of background, to participate in world-class higher education.