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.
In 2012 the Group of Eight signed agreements with two Brazilian Government Agencies: CAPES (Agency that belongs to the Ministry of Education) and CNPQ (Agency that belongs to the Ministry of Science and Technology).
The Go8 Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Chile complements the Free Trade Agreement between the Australian and Chilean Governments which comes into effect on 30 July 2008.
Under the Agreement, academically eligible students will enter Masters, PhD, English and teacher training programs as well as postdoc research exchanges at Go8 universities. The Agreement supports the Chilean Government’s efforts to ensure that students enrol in high quality research intensive institutions.
The Group of Eight (Go8) universities welcomes the landmark Free Trade Agreement with China signed today.
“It is the welcome vehicle that can enable a significant step forward in China-Australia university cooperation and agreements,” says Vicki Thomson Chief Executive of the Go8.
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.
This scheme is a joint initiative of the Go8 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic co-operation.
It is one of the world's largest and most respected organisations in its field. Its mission is to advance Germany’s international engagement in the fields of education, science, culture and research.
A number of imperatives are driving the need for change in Australia’s university research sector and it will be essential for Australian universities to address these quickly if Australia is not to be left behind economically and socially:
• Intensifying competition for intellectual talent
• Increasing complexity of research problems
• Sophisticated, powerful technologies and large data sets