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.
The French Company Experience Program provides Go8 students the opportunity to work in French business environments in Australia and France.
The objective of the program is to promote cross-cultural understanding between France and Australia by enabling Go8 students to work in French business environments and enabling French companies to develop a better understanding of education at Go8 universities.
Internships will be for durations of either six or twelve month periods depending on the needs of the companies.
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.
Professor Warren Bebbington, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Adelaide, gave an Address to the Sydney Institute on 8 July 2014.
In his speech entitled, “Learning let loose: reforming our universities,” Professor Bebbington spoke extensively about “the spectacular range of choice in higher education in the USA” and how this is remarkably absent in the Australian public university landscape, which is marked more by sameness and uniformity.
This is a detailed report on academic staffing trends in Australian universities in the past decade. It shows the average student staff ratio in Australian universities has risen to 21:1 and that universities have increased casual teaching only staff to deal efficiently with increased student numbers. In the past decade the number of students in coursework programs at university increased by 56% to 528,558. Universities have also increased research only staff as funding for research has risen. The report also highlights some differences between Go8 and non Go8 universities.
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.