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.
Between 2009 and 2012 the Group of Eight managed a program of academic collaboration with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby.
The Go8-UPNG project engaged academics from Australian universities in a voluntary capacity to work with and support their academic counterparts at UPNG. Their travel, accommodation and living expenses were covered by the project (funded by the Go8 and AusAID), allowing the volunteers to work in a collaborative teaching and mentoring role.
International education, particularly study in Australia, provides significant economic benefits for Australia. However, international education is much more than a business. The relationships formed through international education underpin Australia’s engagement with the world, and help sustain goodwill, trade and investment. If Australia can attract talented international students through scholarships and a reputation for quality, they will return to their home countries to become leaders in government, industry and the arts and ultimately help open doors for Australia.
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.
The Group of Eight Vice-Chancellors today released a statement emphasising the benefits to Australia of international education.
In doing so the Vice-Chancellors renewed their call on the nation’s leaders to highlight the value of international education from a government perspective.
“The Group of Eight is concerned that severe damage is being done to Australia’s image abroad. The received message in other countries – among students, parents and others- is that Australia does not value international students,” said Go8 Chair, Professor Alan Robson.
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) provided the Go8 Secretariat with $100,000 funding for the establishment and implementation of a new ‘Student Leadership in International Cooperation’ (SLIC) Project between the Go8 and C9.
To develop proposals and ideas for cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities with the aim of promoting opportunities for outbound student mobility from Australia
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate’s inquiry into international student welfare.
Together the Go8 universities are the institutions of choice for around one third (33.7%) of all international students and over half of all international higher degree by research (HDR) students enrolled in universities in Australia.1 Their contribution to scholarship, campus life, and more broadly to Australia’s multicultural society is highly valued by all Go8 Vice-Chancellors.
This Go8 Backgrounder outlines the strategies being adopted increasingly across countries to focus their investment in areas of research excellence.
In recent years, most of Australia’s comparator countries have been intensifying their investment in their leading research universities as a means of raising their competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.
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.