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 Go8 offers a trusted network through which ideas and expertise are shared. Various committees of Go8 directors meet regularly to share information and ideas and to work jointly on projects.
The first Go8 Directors' event, held in Melbourne in May 2009, brought together the various director groups (commercialisation, human resources, international, research, data sharing and more) with a view to developing understanding, increasing operating efficiency and improving collaboration across the Go8 network.
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
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.
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.
Go8 Backgrounder 6: Mission-based funding compacts with public universities explores the possible uses of compacts in government financing of university activities, examines their potential costs and benefits, and outlines principles for their design and implementation.
Universities around the world are coming under greater pressure to increase their productivity, often because of reduced funding in the context of increasing student demand. At the same time, many governments are looking to universities to produce short-term practical outcomes, commercialise their intellectual property, and chase funding, no matter what the implications of winning it.
Address to the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney 29 July 2009
Professor Ian Chubb AC,
Vice-Chancellor and President,
The Australian National University
I'm clocking up my 15th year as a Vice-Chancellor and it' now 23 years since I first became a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. That’s close to quarter of a century at the pointy end of our higher education sector – and that was in 4 very different universities – Wollongong, Monash, Flinders and ANU.