In a sector where evidenced-based data is absolutely the most critical element of research outcomes, the Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the expansion of the HILDA survey to capture additional graduate outcome information, but is perplexed and disappointed that skewed results on graduate earnings using this data was accepted for publication in the latest HILDA Survey Statistical Report.
Productivity Commission research released today rightly highlights the complexities the university sector faces in ensuring the sustainability of international education in Australia.
It is vital we can do so, as international education is Australia’s third largest export industry, contributing $17 billion to the Australian economy in 2014.
Eight early career researchers from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia and the Slovak Republic have been named as the successful Group of Eight European Fellows for 2015. Each fellow will receive benefits worth up to AUD 20,000 to travel to Australia and work at a Go8 university for up to six months.
The Go8 European Fellowship scheme began in 2007. It recognises the importance of international contacts for early career researchers and plays an important role in building Go8 research partnerships in Europe.
The Go8 European Fellows for 2015 are:
The Senate’s refusal to pass the Government’s Higher Education funding package will have long-lasting repercussions for students, and the Australian economy.
“It has been sad and depressing to see a legislative package so crucial to our nation’s future become a political football,” says Group of Eight Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
“Many Senators acknowledge that the funding of our Universities is not sustainable. Noting this, it is disappointing that the Opposition and the cross benchers still refused to vote for the legislation.”
The Group of Eight (Go8) is to sign an MOU with the globally prestigious China Scholarship Council (CSC).
The CSC offers a series of scholarship programs open to “outstanding” International undergraduate and post graduate students to study at designated Chinese universities.
Chief Executive of the Go8 Vicki Thomson says “the Go8 is extremely proud that the CSC has agreed to invite our universities to join with it, enabling the Go8 to make available such a prestigious learning opportunity for our students.”
The Group of Eight (Go8) congratulates Professor Brian Schmidt on his appointment as the next Vice Chancellor of its member university, the Australian National University (ANU).
“To the Go8 Professor Schmidt needs no introduction as he is already a very esteemed and much celebrated academic at the ANU. I consider it a great coup that the ANU has been able to have him stay on as its next Vice
Chancellor,” says Chief Executive of the Go8 Vicki Thomson.
In a last plea to the Senate, Australia’s leading universities have moved to allay unfounded fears that the deregulation of university fees will lead to exorbitant costs for students.
The Group of Eight says the Government’s decision to delink its 20% of funding cuts for Australia’s universities from the vital fee deregulation legislation should provide assurances to both the Senate cross benchers, with whom the fate of the legislation rests, and to students.
The higher education sector has nothing to fear, and much to gain, from the introduction of a sector Regulator by the Federal Government.
“We support a Regulator in a deregulated fee environment because the public, and importantly our students, have every right to the feeling of security a Regulator can bring them,” says Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson.