The Group of Eight (Go8) which represents Australia’s leading research intensive universities with more than 360,000 students condemns the Turnbull Government’s desperate win-at-all-costs Senate tactics.
“After weeks of misleading and disingenuous accusations against the university sector, Education Minister Simon Birmingham is showing total disregard and disrespect for higher education and the students the sector serves,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
The Group of Eight, (Go8) Australia’s group of leading research intensive Universities, sees considerable value in the Coalition $31.2 million commitment to internships and post school career advice for female undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in STEM.
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.
The Group of Eight (Go8) has today convened a meeting in Canberra of its commercialisation executives from around Australia. The meeting is being attended by a number of its Vice Chancellors and DVC-s Research. Throughout the course of the day the group will also meet with Ministers and departmental representatives.
Group of Eight Universities a “top 30 company”
If the Group of Eight (Go8) was a company it would be in Australia’s top 30. The Go8 has set out its business strengths at a reception at Parliament House Canberra.
“For the benefit of our students and our researchers, we consider it important that our business strengths, our economic voice was heard, and we intend to keep promoting this position,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
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.