The Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements’ provides a strong blueprint for the future of research, rightly identifying university and industry collaboration as a ‘contact sport’ in need of improvement, says Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
The Group of Eight (Go8) inaugural business schools’ Alumni dinner in Beijing on Wednesday 22 July, to be attended by Australia’s Ambassador Her Excellency Frances Adamson, illustrates the immense value of education transfer in this era of free trade agreements and an ever-strengthening Australian relationship with China.
The Group of Eight (Go8) congratulates Professor Brian Schmidt on his appointment as the next Vice Chancellor of its member university, the Australian National University (ANU).
“To the Go8 Professor Schmidt needs no introduction as he is already a very esteemed and much celebrated academic at the ANU. I consider it a great coup that the ANU has been able to have him stay on as its next Vice
Chancellor,” says Chief Executive of the Go8 Vicki Thomson.
"Dr Finkel's appointment is a strong statement from the Federal Government about the future of science to its innovation and productivity agenda," says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson. "As Australia's group of leading research universities we look forward to working constructively with Dr Finkel in his new role."
"As Chancellor of Go8 university Monash, Dr Finkel understands the critical importance of universities to the future of science."
The Federal Government’s decision today to delink its 20% of funding cuts for Australia’s universities – and the future of NCRIS research funding - from the vital fee deregulation legislation is sensible, and is welcomed by the G8.
“This legislation is critical to the future of quality teaching for students, and quality research for our nation’s economy. For it to fail is unthinkable,” says Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Group of Eight.
Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson said Mr McClaran had led the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in the UK since 2009, and the Australian higher education sector could learn much from his deep experience in regulation and quality assurance in the larger, more complex and more diverse UK system.
Group of Eight Chief Executive Vicki Thomson, said the Opposition’s Higher Education policy, released today, provides a solid platform for funding and recognises the importance of universities in equipping Australia for the future through our graduates and our research.
The Group of Eight (Go8) considers the new Federal portfolio of Industry, Innovation and Science to be led by former Education Minister Christopher Pyne to be an inspired choice by Prime Minister Turnbull.
“In the years we have worked closely with Minister Pyne his commitment to innovation for the benefit of the nation has been to the forefront,” says Group of Eight Chief Executive Vicki Thomson. “We are particularly pleased he will be managing the Prime Minister’s determination to increase the collaboration between Universities and business.”
The Group of Eight Universities (Go8) continue to retain their position as the consistently highest ranked Australian Universities.
The QS World University Rankings (QS) for 2015, released today, reconfirm the Go8’s position.
“The Go8 is also exceptionally proud that for the first time an Australian University – Go8 member ANU – has been placed in the QS top 20 in world ranking,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
The Group of Eight (Go8) congratulates its innovative researchers for their “The Australian Innovative Challenge” wins in the categories of Health (University of Western Australia) and Environment, Agriculture and Food (University of Queensland).
“The Go8 is particularly pleased that Associate Professor Robert McLaughlin of the University of Western Australia also took out the overall prize in the prestigious awards for his development of the world’s smallest handheld microscope.