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.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is the largest university in Queensland and one of the top 100 universities worldwide across a number of independent rankings.
UQ’s 46,863-strong student community includes 12,633 postgraduate scholars and 11,324 international students from 142 countries.
The University is proud of its worldwide network of more than 210,000 alumni including a Nobel laureate, an Academy Award winner and other high achievers.
Universities play a central role in Australia’s innovation system and support the business sector, and individual firms, in many direct and indirect ways. Universities provide Australia with a continuing supply of highly educated graduates, knowledgeable about the most recent developments in their disciplines and able to apply their expertise, understanding and skills within the particular circumstances of their employment. Universities are also major generators of the new knowledge which advances understanding and, through its integration with complementary expertise and existing practic
Professor Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, wrote an Op-Ed/Commentary published in Kalgoorlie Miner on 5 August 2014.
In his piece entitled, "University Reform Essential," Professor Johnson argues, "Government does not decide what businesses can charge for a loaf of bread, a litre of milk or any other product or service. Why should universities be any different?"
The Go8's supplementary submission to the review of the National Innovation System addressed concerns about the standard terms sought by the Commonwealth when entering into research agreements with universities.
The current terms can serve to stifle knowledge transfer and innovation by restricting the capacity of universities to disseminate the results of the sponsored research for public benefit. They also misunderstand the role and nature of universities and their complexity often causes delay and uncertainty.
The Group of Eight (Go8) today released a detailed report on academic staffing trends in Australian universities in the past decade.
The report contradicts work carried out by Professor Frank Larkins of the LH Martin Institute which has been widely reported in the Australian and international media. Professor Larkins claimed that student staff ratios have blown out to 34:1. He also asserted that universities have been pursuing their own research interests above all else and students are being short-changed as a consequence.