Welcome to the first HIGHER ED.ITION for 2017.
In this bumper issue, we preview some themes for the 12 months ahead.
To open the year, Universities Australia’s pre-Budget submission cautioned against a radical overhaul of the system as the Government contemplates policy proposals to bring to Parliament.
We also welcomed news that Australia’s international education exports continue to grow, contributing a record $21.8 billion to the national economy in 2016.
And we give you a sense of why Universities Australia has been advocating hard to keep the $3.7 billion Education Investment Fund, which has enabled more than 200 major building projects – including in struggling regional economies.
In his Higher Ed.Ition debut, Innovation Minister Arthur Sinodinos says world-class research – both discovery and applied – is crucial to support economic growth, jobs and living standards.
Incoming Austrade Chief Executive Stephanie Fahey outlines her vision for international education as a key part of Australia’s global trade agenda in a Q&A with us as she takes up her post.
Entrepreneur and equity champion Erin Watson-Lynn pens a piece about the next set of steps that higher education institutions can take to embed equity even more deeply.
Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellor Professor Andy Vann pushes back on criticisms of the demand driven system, with his analysis of why it matters both for prosperity and social cohesion.
The University of Melbourne’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Richard James looks at the many pitfalls of the UK’s ‘teaching excellence framework’.
Meanwhile, the sector’s Keep It Clever public awareness campaign – taking stories of university research and graduates to wider audiences – added another 5000 followers over the summer.
And a reminder to get in quickly with your registration for next week’s UA Conference.
We have an exceptionally strong program of global and local speakers headlined by the former US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich from March 1-3. Don’t miss this scene-setter for the year.
Finally, as UA marks its tenth anniversary in 2017, we wish you a productive and successful year.
Barney Glover and Belinda Robinson
Chair and Chief Executive
16 December 2016