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's submission to the Federal Government's Review of the National Innovation System includes over 20 recommendations designed to ensure that Australia's research and research training systems are capable of underpinning a dynamic economy and society. The Go8 submission stresses the importance of basic research and business / community / university collaboration to innovation, but suggests that arguably the most important function of universities is the cultivation of talent in an environment that values intellectual curiosity. Key recommendations of the Go8's submission include:
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 paper shows that while the absolute amount of higher education research funding has grown significantly, the relative shares of research income and research block grant funding of the major university groupings in Australia has been largely unchanged over the past two decades, with most redistribution of shares occurring between non-Go8 institutions.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Innovation is conducting an inquiry into the research training and research workforce issues in Australian universities. The Go8’s brief submission to the inquiry raises seven key issues for consideration by the committee. Representatives of the Go8 will appear before the Committee on 25 June 2008. Key issues of the Go8’s submission include:
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 is the third infrastructure survey conducted by the Go8, focusing on the state of the buildings and infrastructure at the Go8 universities. This most recent survey collated data relating to aspects of the estate not previously explored, including leasing arrangements, space utilisation, parking, and transportation modes.
The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, the Group of Eight, and the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations are to facilitate a forum on higher education and social inclusion.
The event is designed to bring together university leaders and senior policy makers to learn from international experiences and consider new options to fit Australia's circumstances. Findings are expected to be useful to the Higher Education Review.
Address by Professor Ian Chubb AC
Vice-Chancellor and President, The Australian National University.
Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Lecture Series. 5.30pm, Shine Dome, Acton, Canberra. 20 February 2008.
I welcome the opportunity to participate in the ANZSOG lecture series for 2008.
Let me begin with a comment about self-interest. If I don’t, I’ll be reminded that I should have done so in the coming days.