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.
FREE higher education is elitist and it was never “free”. It is past time that was understood. The supposed wonders of that period of “free” education in our universities from 1974 to 1989 keep popping up to pollute the debate on fee deregulation for universities — a debate so critical that its resolution will define the future of higher education for at least two generations.
ABC, Sydney (7:30), 11 March 2015
Hosted by Leigh Sales
The National Union of Students argue tertiary education deregulation will be unfair to students while the Vice-Chancellors of two major universities discuss the issues of access and suggest funding is an issue that needs addressing.
Video link: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4195884.htm
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.
Over recent weeks, some staff have written to vice-chancellors, urging them to reject the university deregulation measures advocated by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Public universities, they argue, should not be left to the “vagaries of the market”. I disagree and would like to explain why.
Declining levels of Commonwealth support
The Group of Eight (Go8) supports a review of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), while noting that undertaking the review is a requirement of Section 203 of the Act.
Please note that the comments and recommendations below represent the views of the Go8 network; member universities may also make their own, more detailed submissions.
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Government’s Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education options paper released in May 2016.
Go8 members are Australia’s leading research intensive universities. In research we account for two-thirds of all research funding to universities and each year spend some $6 billion on research. Collectively we educate 26 percent of all students and we deliver Australia over 90,000 quality graduates each year.
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to offer feedback on the proposal put forward by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regarding the publication of regulatory decisions. The Go8 supports the principle of enhanced transparency and accountability in regulatory and quality assurance frameworks. At the same time, the Go8 maintains our previously-stated position that it is very important any such enhancements to those frameworks be made in a deliberative and considered way.
By Vicki Thomson
We grow up learning that the shortest route between two points is a straight line. And the straight line often missed by those with their hands on Canberra policy levers is that which connects higher education to the economic development driven by Australia’s international education industry.
This is why the Group of Eight made a strong submission to the federal government’s foreign policy white paper — the first of its kind since 2003.