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) universities welcomes the landmark Free Trade Agreement with China signed today.
“It is the welcome vehicle that can enable a significant step forward in China-Australia university cooperation and agreements,” says Vicki Thomson Chief Executive of the Go8.
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 vice-chancellors of Australia's most prestigious universities have taken out advertisements blasting the Abbott government's "dumb" decision to axe funding for world-renowned research facilities if the Senate does not pass fee deregulation.
The advertisements are the first time the Group of Eight (Go8) universities have used paid advertising in protest since the group was formed 16 years ago.