National Press Club Address
Professor Ian Jacobs, Chair Group of Eight
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
I want to start by acknowledging that we stand on the land of the Ngunnawal people, and pay my respects to them as the traditional custodians of the land and to their elders past and present.
My thanks to the National Press Club for this invitation. It is a privilege to be here to deliver my address titled: “Australia’s hidden asset: Universities are the New Wealth of Nations”
Australia’s Group of Eight universities contributed $66.4 billion to the national economy in a single year through the flow on effects of their research, graduates, international students and employment, a new report has found.
The report from London Economics also reveals that for every $1 spent on research, around $10 came back in benefits to the private sector.
Go8 Welcomes PM’s Commitment to Australia’s International Sector
The Group of Eight (Go8), comprising Australia’s leading, research-intensive universities, is pleased the Prime Minister has acknowledged the effort and relationships of Australia’s quality universities in underpinning Australia’s future security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
In a keynote address to the “Graduate Employment and Industry Partnership Forum”, Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson has addressed the perils for the nation’s economy of making those who do not wish to choose a university education “feel they are a nobody”, and also the perils to the economy of Australia currently having no robust way to forecast future skills needs.”
Group of Eight (Go8) SUPPLEMENTARY submission to Review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
I write further to the Go8’s 31 May 2018 submission to the Review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012, to provide a supplementary response, following on your invitation of 19 June 2018 seeking additional views.
I understand you are calling for views on issues and proposals raised during the initial consultation period, and would now like to specifically address the submission made to the Review by the Department of Defence (DoD).
10 July 2018
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research, on behalf of its members who may also make individual submissions.
12 July 2018
Go8 supports the Varghese India Economic Strategy – a helpful template for growth in India
The Group of Eight (Go8), which is comprised of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, is pleased to have its India development strategy endorsed so comprehensively within the “India Economic Strategy” released today.
6 July 2018
Drop in Government investment in R&D is a bad result: Go8
The Group of Eight (Go8) – an alliance of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – notes with disappointment the release of figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that show that State and Commonwealth Government investment in Research and Development (R&D) in 2016-17 dropped to a decadal low of 0.19% of GDP.
Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Go8, says that this continues a more than worrying trend of R&D investment in Australia.
2 July 2018
Go8 signs letter of intent to establish two-way pilot research mobility program with France
In Paris today, the Group of Eight (Go8) set out its intention to develop a two-way research mobility program with France.