Thank you for your invitation to speak, and it’s good to be here with you.
Given Parliament this week, I hope you will give me some latitude with my speech content.
I know when you invited me, that you would have had no idea what a precipitous week it would be for the future financial health of Australia’s higher education sector as legislation that seeks the passage of the worst funding cuts to the sector in some 20 years is being debated.
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 Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to convey its views to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the proposed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Please note that this submission represents the views of the Go8 network; member universities may also make their own, more detailed submissions.
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.