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.
This Committee and its deliberations are critically important to us because we, Australia’s research intensive universities, with seven of our members ranked in the world’s top 100, cannot continue to provide our services to students and the nation with the current funding models in place.
Put simply, were it not for international student fee income, Australia would not have the intellectual capacity it needs to weather the huge shifts we are seeing in the global economy.
The Daily Telegraph, May 2, 2017by Claire Bickers
LABOR is pledging to block a $2.8b funding cut to the higher education sector which will force students to pay off loans earlier and make degrees more expensive.
Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek hasn’t ruled out blocking all of the reforms though.
Speaking to reporters in Sydney this morning, she said Labor would examine the detail of the Turnbull Government’s proposal to see if there were measures the party would support.
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 make a submission to the Committee on behalf of its members who may also make individual submissions.
In doing so I would advise you that the Go8 Board is unanimous in its opposition to the Bill and that the Go8 strongly urges the Committee to recommend to the Senate that it block the Bill in its entirety. We have come to this conclusion on the basis that the Bill (and the underpinning Higher Education Reform Package from May 2017):
is not a coherent package;
is based on a contradictory set of principles;
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.