The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper, released on 24 March 2017.
The Go8 institutions may make individual and more detailed responses to the report and therefore the Go8 response is deliberately high-level.
The Australian, 14 June 2017
By Julie Hare
The Group of Eight has renewed its call for an independent higher education commission to oversee higher education policy, arguing the current process lacks clarity, coherence and long-term vision.
In its submission to the Senate education and employment committee inquiry into higher education reforms, the Group of Eight has also called on the committee to “recommend to the Senate that it reject the bill without amendment”.
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee on behalf of its members who may also make individual submissions.
In doing so I would advise you that the Go8 Board is unanimous in its opposition to the Bill and that the Go8 strongly urges the Committee to recommend to the Senate that it block the Bill in its entirety. We have come to this conclusion on the basis that the Bill (and the underpinning Higher Education Reform Package from May 2017):
is not a coherent package;
is based on a contradictory set of principles;
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2017
By Matthew Knott
The nation's most prestigious universities have launched a savage attack on the Turnbull government's higher education proposals, decrying them as a "contradictory, incoherent mess" developed on the "back of an envelope".
The Group of Eight (Go8) universities - representing institutions such as the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne - said it would urge the Senate crossbench to block the "fatally flawed" package in its entirety.
The Australian, 6 June 2017
By Julie Hare
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is facing a backlash from vice-chancellors, with 17 of the country’s 39 university leaders condemning his higher education reforms as unfair, punitive and ill-advised.
The attack on the higher education reform bill has emerged on two fronts, with elite institutions and those with regional and suburban campuses voicing their concerns.
The Group of Eight (Go8) Board is united in its condemnation of the tricky Budget cuts that mean students pay more for less and leave universities with less capacity to assist those who most need it.
“The sector’s analysis of the figures which were represented so as to hide that this year’s budget cuts are actually the worst since the Vanstone cuts of 1996 have led the Go8 Board to lobby the Senate to block the legislation in its entirety,” says Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Go8.
The Group of Eight (Go8), which comprises Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, says today’s welcome announcement of the Go8 winning $134 million for ARC research, most definitely rewards its research excellence and “also shines the spotlight on research vital to our community’s wellbeing,” says Vicki Thomson Chief Executive of the Go8.
The Group of Eight (Go8), which is comprised of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, has welcomed the decision to invest nearly $15 million or about two-thirds of the funding pool across 39 of 61 Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grants announced today, in addition to very significant funding from our outstanding business and industry partners.
The Australian, 31 May 2017
By Julie Hare
In a landmark deal, at least $200 million will be invested in research in local universities over the next decade, potentially creating dozens of start-ups, opening new markets and attracting investor funds that have previously avoided the university sector.
The deal between the London-based IP Group, the Group of Eight and the University of Auckland was an acknowledgment of the depth and quality of Australian research, according to Group of Eight chairman Peter Hoj.