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 Go8 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the “Draft National Strategy for International Education” [“the Draft Strategy”]. The Go8 comprises Australia’s eight leading research universities. Their distinguishing features are the intensity and breadth of the research they perform, the research-informed nature of the education they offer, and the leadership they bring to community debate and consideration of complex issues.
For the first time, four of the world’s leading research university associations have made a joint statement on the characteristics of contemporary research universities. The four associations -- the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Consortium of China 9 Research Universities (C9), the Group of Eight Australia (Go8), and the League of European Research Universities (LERU) issued the statement at the annual meeting of the C9 universities in Hefei, China.
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.
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.
The Go8 has today released a draft consultation paper designed to assist its member institutions with implementation of Part B of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).
Part B of the Code sets out a framework to guide Australian research organisations in receipt of Commonwealth funds in their handling of allegations of research misconduct.
Address to the Financial Review Higher Education Conference 2009, Sydney, 10 March 2009
Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, The Group of Eight
The worst possible outcome in the aftermath of the Bradley and Cutler reviews would be further levelling‐down of Australia’s intellectual performance peaks and erosion of the knowledge base.
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.
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.