Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive Vicki Thomson says the Go8 is “disappointed but not surprised” at Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham’s cynical use of figures and reports to attempt to hoodwink the Senate into supporting the Government’s Budget higher education funding cuts.
The Group of Eight (Go8), which represents Australia’s eight leading research-intensive universities, including the University of Adelaide, wants South Australians to recognise the significant impact to jobs and students that will occur in SA if the Federal Government’s higher education cuts pass the Senate.
This Committee and its deliberations are critically important to us because we, Australia’s research intensive universities, with seven of our members ranked in the world’s top 100, cannot continue to provide our services to students and the nation with the current funding models in place.
Put simply, were it not for international student fee income, Australia would not have the intellectual capacity it needs to weather the huge shifts we are seeing in the global economy.
Please find below a brief submission on behalf of the Group of Eight (Go8) in response to the Panel’s paper of 9 June 2017 Improving retention, completion and success in higher education. The Go8 commends the Panel on the release of this paper and notes the identification of trends and possible factors that may be driving the rates of student success, retention and graduate completion in Australia’s higher education sector.
The Australian, 12 July 2017
By Vicki Thomson
Once upon a time there was a land called Australia where higher education was so valued that its universities were almost totally funded by Government. Indeed, if we cast our minds back to the halcyon days of 1974, when the then Whitlam Government took over State funding for our universities, the Federal Government provided some 90 percent of universities’ income.
Professor Peter Høj, Go8 Chair and Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland, delivered an address at the National Press Club on 28 June 2017. Please click the link below to view a video of this speech and Q&A session. Video courtesy ABC iView, available until 1:30pm, 12 July 2017.
The Australian, 28 June 2017
By Julie Hare
Australian universities’ reliance on international students to fund basic teaching and research activities leaves the higher education sector financially vulnerable to any unforeseeable jolts in the market, Peter Hoj, chairman of the Group of Eight says.
Proposed government funding cuts of $2.8 billion would exacerbate an already risky situation pushing the ongoing privatisation by stealth of the public university sector, Professor Hoj told the National Press Club yesterday.
The Age, 28 June 2017
By Eryk Bagshaw
The university sector has attacked the government for pushing through the biggest set of school funding reforms in a generation, while slashing funding to tertiary institutions and hiking student fees.
In a move that is set to reignite university funding battles, Group of Eight Universities chairman Peter Hoj blasted the Turnbull government for being "myopic" in cutting money from higher education.