ARTICLE IV –PRE-EXISTING AGREEMENTSAustralia’s Group of Eight universities … Universityof Western Australia and Monash University.
(Hereinafter referred … Education, Science and Training ofAustralia,
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The Go8 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the “Draft National Strategy for International Education” [“the Draft Strategy”]. The Go8 comprises Australia’s eight leading research universities. Their distinguishing features are the intensity and breadth of the research they perform, the research-informed nature of the education they offer, and the leadership they bring to community debate and consideration of complex issues.
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.”
International education, particularly study in Australia, provides significant economic benefits for Australia. However, international education is much more than a business. The relationships formed through international education underpin Australia’s engagement with the world, and help sustain goodwill, trade and investment. If Australia can attract talented international students through scholarships and a reputation for quality, they will return to their home countries to become leaders in government, industry and the arts and ultimately help open doors for Australia.
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 Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and the Group of Eight (Go8) undertook a joint trial exercise, the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Trial, in 2012 to assess the impact of research produced by the Australian university sector.
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.
The Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the Group of Eight hosted a two day symposium on university costs and compacts in July 2008. Australian and international experts addressed key questions around: identifying the actual costs of teaching and research; and the expectations of government in return for funding the true costs of university activities.
The Group of Eight (Go8) appreciates the Government’s decision to enter into mission-based compacts with universities ‘to support them to pursue their distinctive missions and to contribute to the Government’s ambitions for the higher education sector’. The way in which compacts are implemented will determine how effective they are in meeting these objectives.
The Government’s vision for the sector can be summarised as a responsive and high quality higher education system.