The Group of Eight (Go8) is pleased to announce the appointment of distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon as Chair of its “Industry and Innovation Board.”
The Board is a key plank of the Go8’s “Innovation 2016” agenda presented to Government in November 2015. The Board – whose private sector members will be announced shortly - will assist drive the Go8’s escalating involvement in Australia’s innovation ecosystem.
The Group of Eight (Go8) is today progressing its International innovation and industry collaboration agenda, hosting a high-level French business delegation at Melbourne University.
As Australia’s group of leading research universities, the Go8 has been driving the sector’s support of the Australian Government’s innovation and industry engagement policy.
The Group of Eight (Go8) considers the appointment of Monash University Vice Chancellor and Go8 Board member Professor Margaret Gardner as Chair of Universities Australia to be an inspired choice of leader - a leader for the times.
"As Australia's university sector faces a difficult and complex time, beset with Government policy inertia, Professor Gardner's well-recognised abilities for finding successful negotiation pathways and delivering results is exactly what the sector needs at its helm," says Vicki Thomson, Go8 Chief Executive.
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) Secretary-General Dr Liu Jinghui and Deputy Secretary-General Mr Wang Shenggang led a high-level delegation to visit the Group of Eight in Australia on 13-16 April 2015. The CSC delegation also consisted of 16 Chinese leading universities, including 10 Vice Presidents.
The delegates first visited The University of Queensland (UQ) on 13-14 April, and participated in the UQ Global Experiences Expo to promote “study in China” opportunities and scholarship programs for Australian students at all levels.
The Group of Eight comprise Australia’s eight leading research universities. Their performance and reputation as research institutions is vital to the international reputation of Australian higher education sector as a whole.
By Michael Spence and Vicki Thomson
Plus, Australia relies on its universities to deliver far more of its research than any other first world nation. Fact. Australia’s research is rated as world class. Fact. Australia’s innovation agenda will rely heavily on universities to drive it. Fact.
The evidence of innovation success in the very countries Australia wants to emulate – Israel, the UK, the US and Germany – has required significant public investment to build a dynamic university-industry ecosystem. Fact.