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.
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.
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.
The Bradley Review’s recommendation of a demand-driven system of funding university places was made without explicit reference to labour market demand for particular skills and qualifications. It has been implemented without much regard for student demand by field of education. It is clear that the Government underestimated both students’ and universities’ reaction to the opening up of the system. For this reason, initial projections of the cost of a demand-driven system were understated.
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:
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.
Address by Professor Ian Chubb AC
Vice-Chancellor and President, The Australian National University.
Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Lecture Series. 5.30pm, Shine Dome, Acton, Canberra. 20 February 2008.
I welcome the opportunity to participate in the ANZSOG lecture series for 2008.
Let me begin with a comment about self-interest. If I don’t, I’ll be reminded that I should have done so in the coming days.
Table of contents:
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.
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.