This paper provides an update of an analysis of the Australian education sector, first conducted by the Group of Eight in 2008. It uses a range of publically available data to compare the different sectors of the education system, from primary school through to higher education, on a range of indicators including student numbers, student staff ratios and funding types. It is intended to support discussion of policy options as the government considers the recommendations of the Kemp-Norton Review and Commission of Audit.
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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 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:
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.
This paper examines Commonwealth funding for universities over the period 1996-2010. Governments have boosted and cut university funding in different ways over time. Governments of both parties have taken measures to improve funding, but increases in recurrent funding tend not to be sustained in real terms as the sector expands. The data point to the fiscal limits to any Government’s capacity to fund a mass (and post-mass) higher education system under the current funding framework.
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.
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.
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.
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C9–Go8 PhD Forum 2013;
Change of Government: evolving policy agenda;
Go8 Participates in the Conference of the Americas in International Education (CAIE) 2013;
Go8 joins the Australian Education Fairs in Latin America;
Research with impact - Attaching Biomolecules to Surfaces
New Go8 Director for Information and Analysis;
Courtesy Calls and Visits;
Calendar of Events;
Congratulations - 2013 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.