The Australian Financial Review, 16 February 2015
By Tim Dodd
Which universities do the graduates come from who are vying for jobs with Australia's leading graduate employers?
The elite Group of Eight universities dominate the list with Monash University, the University of NSW and the University of Melbourne featuring near the top for nearly all of the most popular employers of graduates, according to data from GradConnection, which operates a graduate and internship employment website.
Table of Contents:
The Kemp-Norton Report and higher education industry restructuring;
New Go8 publications for May 2014;
Brazilian students build job-ready skills;
Go8 Sponsorship at the largest International Education Conference in Brazil;
AEARU signs Hefei Statement;
Research with Impact: Fish Ecology;
Calendar of Events.
The scale of the Australian education export market is well above what might be expected when considering the size of our population and economy. Australia is the third most popular destination for international students, attracting nearly seven per cent of the world’s international students. Nearly 300 thousand international students will commence study in Australia in 2014, the majority of which will be in higher education. This $15 billion industry is Australia’s fourth largest export, following just iron ore, coal and gold.
The future of Australian research and innovation is reportedly under threat following the Government’s freeze on grants. The Australian reported on Thursday that the Government plans to put on hold grants worth $2 billion in total in an effort to save a marginal Budget surplus.
The Group of Eight (Go8) applauds the government’s intention to comprehensively reform the skilled migration program, and we welcome the opportunity to submit this response to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test Discussion Paper.
Governments in many countries exert pressures on universities to be more accountable for the results they manage to achieve with the resources available to them. A recently added twist, ironically within the context of falling government investment and rising student demand, is that governments are intruding into areas which have long been regarded as prerogatives of autonomous universities.
The 2012 MYEFO cuts mean the Government has reneged on its prior undertaking to raise funding for the indirect costs of research from 20 to 40 cents in the dollar of national competitive research grants through the Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) program.
Go8 universities will bear the brunt of the SRE cuts of $150 million per year from 2013 and $500 million over the forward estimate, and involve a loss of some 1,450 job opportunities.
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.
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) provided the Go8 Secretariat with $100,000 funding for the establishment and implementation of a new ‘Student Leadership in International Cooperation’ (SLIC) Project between the Go8 and C9.
To develop proposals and ideas for cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities with the aim of promoting opportunities for outbound student mobility from Australia