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:
Comments by Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, The Group of Eight.
A Panel Analysis & Discussion, Seminar 2, Investing in the Future: Renewing Australian Tertiary Education Policy Seminar Series. The University of Melbourne. 21 July 2008.
Mission-based funding compacts with public universities are a feature of the unravelling new policy and financing framework for tertiary education. The Government has extensive ambitions for compacts, but their place and potential is not yet clear within the sector.
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.
The Go8's submission to the Higher Education Review recommends a complete overhaul of the structure and financing model of tertiary education in Australia in order to increase participation in post secondary education and deepen the skills base of those already in the workforce. The submission argues that if Australia aspires to perform among the best OECD countries in terms of tertiary education attainment, the number of tertiary qualified people would need to be increased by 1.7 million.
This report deals with how university selection procedures can better support student diversity and success in higher education. It was prepared by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne, with funding from the Go8 and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The report finds that while tertiary entrance rank (ATAR) is a good indicator of likely success at university, there are other indicators which can be used in combination with the ATAR to support social inclusion in higher education.
This Go8 Backgrounder outlines the strategies being adopted increasingly across countries to focus their investment in areas of research excellence.
In recent years, most of Australia’s comparator countries have been intensifying their investment in their leading research universities as a means of raising their competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.
The Framework for Evaluation of Equity Initiatives has been prepared to support the Go8 Equity Strategy. Its purpose is to assist Group of Eight (Go8) universities to evaluate the effectiveness of their equity initiatives and interventions in the context of federal policies and the distinctive missions and responsibilities of the individual Go8 institutions.