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.
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.
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.
Australia’s universities are doing reasonably well on the published world rankings. However, the indicators used in all the major university rankings are necessarily lagged and the earlier dominance of universities of the developed economies of North America, Britain and Europe will decline over time. Australian universities may appear to be improving against this backdrop of decline, whereas they may well be slipping behind the emergent Asian leaders.
Table of contents:
• Key contacts in the Department of Education – their roles and responsibilities
• New Go8 Policy Notes – the impact of the demand-driven system
• Senate inquiry into innovation
• Internships for Science without Borders (SWB) students at Monash University
• Applications for the Go8-DAAD cooperation scheme 2015/2016 open on 7 April
• U15 of Canada signs Hefei Statement
• Research with Impact
• Calendar of Events
Table of Contents:
The Kemp-Norton Report and higher education industry restructuring;
New Go8 publications for May 2014;
Brazilian students build job-ready skills;
Go8 Sponsorship at the largest International Education Conference in Brazil;
AEARU signs Hefei Statement;
Research with Impact: Fish Ecology;
Calendar of Events.
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 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.