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:
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.
Business and universities are different but complementary parts of the national innovation system and the effectiveness of the system depends on them working together. Linkages require reciprocity and both sectors need to play a role in initiating and strengthening them; neither sector can act in isolation from the other and all parties need to respond to the needs and concerns of the others.
Over recent years governments have been placing more emphasis on innovation as a source of national competiveness. Governments now assess their investments across many areas in terms of the contribution that such investments make to increasing innovation. This has been especially significant for education and in particular for the development of policies for universities because universities perform research as well as provide learning.
This report deals with how university selection procedures can better support student diversity and success in higher education. It was prepared by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne, with funding from the Go8 and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The report finds that while tertiary entrance rank (ATAR) is a good indicator of likely success at university, there are other indicators which can be used in combination with the ATAR to support social inclusion in higher education.
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.
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.
Table of Contents: End-of-Year Message from the Chair; Review of MRIs; Boosting the commercial returns from research consultation; The 2014 Go8-C9 PhD Forum; SSH Research and Education Essential for Global Well-being; Go8 Submission to the review of Cooperative Research Centres; Go8 Publications and a Research Video in 2014; Unedited: Professor Margaret Gardner; Research with Impact; Calendar of Events; Go8 Christmas Shutdown