The Go8 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the “Draft National Strategy for International Education” [“the Draft Strategy”]. The Go8 comprises Australia’s eight leading research universities. Their distinguishing features are the intensity and breadth of the research they perform, the research-informed nature of the education they offer, and the leadership they bring to community debate and consideration of complex issues.
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
This submission reflects the collective view of the Go8, representing Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, accounting for over two-thirds of Australian university research activity, and spending around $6 billion per year on research. Key points:
The Group of Eight (Go8) signed an MoU with the globally prestigious China Scholarship Council (CSC) on 15 April 2015, aiming to promote the two-way flow of university students and staff between Australia and China.
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 (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.
Date: 28 Oct. to 1 Nov. 2015
Venue: Nanjing University
This C9-Go8 forum brought together 34 doctoral students from China and Australia to exchange ideas across disciplines and across national boundaries on key global issues relating to Big Data. The aim of this forum is to strengthen links between C9 and Go8 universities, facilitate collaboration between Australia and China and create academic and professional linkages between the future research leaders of the two countries.
Australia’s leading research intensive universities say a commitment by an incoming Labor government to move closer toward fully funding the cost of research is a solid step towards addressing the current distorted funding model under which universities currently operate.
“In our “Priority Directions” we emphasized strongly that the current policy architecture has an unintended consequence of providing a financial disincentive for universities to grow research capacity,” says Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson.
Ms Vicki Thomson
Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.
Prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).
Ms Thomson's diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management and the higher education sector. She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.