HIGHER EDUCATION INDEXATION REVISION
The Go8 has welcomed new indexation arrangements for higher education which will deliver an additional $2.6 billion to universities over five years. Taken together with the increased funding for the indirect costs of research, the new indexation arrangement is a significant recurrent funding improvement. It will have accumulating benefits across a range of programs relating to university teaching and research.
Go8 Chair, Paul Greenfield responds to Federal Budget
One week before the Federal Budget I summed up my expectations for higher education as "treading water". Given the tough economic circumstances and some pre-budget nervousness about areas including health and medical research, universities might now be feeling a little more buoyant than I had expected.
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The Group of Eight (Go8) has commended Senator Kim Carr’s achievements as the Minister responsible for Research.
Today’s Cabinet reshuffle sees Senator Carr taking on the position of Minister for Manufacturing; and Minister for Defence Materiel.
The Group of Eight commends the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, for his efforts to prevent Budget cuts in higher education and research. However two key problems remain – inadequate funding per student and a deep hole in funding for research infrastructure.
The Group of Eight (Go8) today opened applications for its 2010 European Fellowships.
The Fellowships are open to early career researchers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and, for the first time this year, Croatia.
Each fellow will receive benefits worth $20,000 to travel to Australia in 2010 and work at a Go8 university for up to six months.
In its 2009 Budget the Rudd Government has recognised the importance of investment in higher education and university research to stimulate and sustain economic growth.
A number of well-directed budget initiatives will underpin excellence and concentration in university research, enlarge access and equity in higher education, promote structural change and lift Australia’s competitiveness, according to the Group of Eight universities.
Group of Eight universities are The Australian National University, Monash University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of NSW, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia.
In recognition of the excellence of teaching and research that exists in Group of Eight universities, members agree to maximise the opportunities for mobility of students between them by facilitating the transfer of credit earned at their institutions.
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