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.
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:
In recent years there has been an overall lack of a clear and cohesive research funding policy for higher education which poses real risks in Australia’s ability to sustain research excellence and is likely to lead to a decline in Australia’s research performance at the international level. This could well lead to a decline in the reputation of Australian universities and a consequential decline in Australia’s ability to attract the best researchers and research students and be detrimental to Australia’s economic competitiveness.
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.
Singapore, like Australia, is one of the world’s most prosperous countries. However, the basis for Singapore’s prosperity is quite different from that of Australia’s and for this reason it provides an interesting and complementary case study.
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.
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.
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Go8 sponsors Australia alumni reunion;
Go8 DAAD scheme call for applications;
Calling all young researchers;
New Go8 discussion paper - 'The Changing PhD';
Update on Go8 brand refresh;