INTRODUCTION

from the Chair and the Chief Executive

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Welcome to our final HIGHER ED.ITION for 2017.

Without a doubt, it has been a year replete with political and policy challenges in higher education. 

So we have plenty to reflect on as we all head toward the Christmas break. 

With graduate employability a top priority for our universities, Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, kicks off this HIGHER ED.ITION with terrific oped on how universities are doing more than ever to prepare students for the world of work.

And our Chair, Professor Margaret Gardner, offers a stirring defence of expertise and evidence in a reprise of her interview with broadcaster Kim Williams for his “What keeps me awake at night” series on ABC Radio National.

In this edition, we continue our own interview series – talking to the National President of the Council of International Students Australia, Bijay Sapkota, about the vast two-way value of international education in Australia

We also look back on the year that was with a "2017: higher education in review" piece. 

Finally, we bring you a fabulous trove of the year’s most popular Australian university research stories – which were promoted by UA’s award-winning public awareness campaign, Keep It Clever. The campaign is a powerful vehicle to showcase the wide range of brilliant research that our member universities undertake.

Don’t forget to get in early to save on registrations for next year’s Universities Australia Higher Education Conference (28 February to 2 March). We have a strong program of global and local speakers joining us – and we’d love to see you there. 

We wish you all Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year – and extend our heartfelt thanks for your support throughout the year.

As always, we look forward to working with you in what will inevitably be an action-packed 2018.

Until next time,

 

Professor Margaret Gardner and Belinda Robinson
Chair and Chief Executive
Universities Australia



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The best Keep It Clever research stories of 2017
Over the course of this year, there have been literally hundreds of new research breakthroughs, discoveries and advances by Australian universities.
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The changing world of work: preparing uni grads for an unpredictable future
Another academic year over. Another 333,000 university students who have completed their studies and are headed into the world of work. And what does their future hold?
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Night thoughts: why expertise still matters to us all
I could say that almost nothing keeps me awake at night because in truth I sleep very soundly. But, perhaps, in the spirit of the program, I can say a number of things keep me awake at night.
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Q&A with Council of International Students Australia
International education makes a major contribution to Australia’s economy and society. Not only is it the nation’s third largest export – generating income of $28 billion a year – but it’s also a powerful contributor to our connections and soft diplomacy across the world.
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2017: The higher education year in review
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year in higher education in Australia. Universities Australia has led a vast program of work on behalf of the sector – driving advocacy on a wide array of issues affecting our members.
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Q&A with Universities Australia Executive Women's Group
The lack of women in leadership roles is an issue across many industries and sectors – from top-listed companies to the not-for-profit sector.
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The importance of both universities and TAFE
It is a mistake to talk down the value of universities in a populist attempt to pit the higher education and vocational education sectors against each other.
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To thrive in the future, our clever country must back its universities
In the present environment, when university leaders speak about university funding, cries of self-interest spring up from some quarters of the political arena and beyond.
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Averting a quiet catastrophe – why changes to enabling pathways would have been a mistake
Over the past months there has been a concerted focus by universities across Australia to highlight the potential of the Government’s higher education package to derail Australia’s productivity and economic growth agenda.
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Flexibility the key to uni study for people whose jobs are changing rapidly
The Australian economy is currently transforming. We are moving away from a resource-based economy while simultaneously dealing with the automation of many tasks previously performed by people.
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Universities in a Next Gen World – UA Higher Education Conference wrap-up
The Universities Australia Higher Education Conference was held in March with a record turnout of almost 1000 delegates.
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Equipping Australia to manage economic transition: the missing elements in Budget 2017
Federal Budgets can be as noteworthy for what they do not include as for what they do. The Budget handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison on 9 May is no exception.
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At the heart of the community: revitalising regions through higher education
The pathways to socioeconomic improvement in a post-industrial age are difficult to predict.
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Minds rubbing on minds: Why people are at the heart of innovation
I’ve spent two decades talking about innovation, and often it feels like Groundhog Day.
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We need to tell the success stories in university-industry collaboration
During 30 years of involvement with Australian research, I have heard countless gloomy tales of low rates of research-industry engagement, and of missed opportunities to translate research into outcomes for society.
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Reflecting the long story of Australia in our universities
Reflecting the long story of Australia in our universities
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Q&A with Professor Barney Glover – chair Universities Australia
Q&A with Professor Barney Glover – chair Universities Australia
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How international education is advancing Australia’s interests
In early February, the latest trade figures confirmed that Australia’s international education exports remain on the rise.
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We can’t afford to lose the Education Investment Fund
A decade ago, it was hard to keep local health workers in the central Queensland city of Rockhampton.
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Our world-class research helps build a stronger future
During a round of golf on a visit to Australia in 1963, Queen Elizabeth II caught the attention of journalists. They noticed that the Queen, unlike all the other players on Royal Canberra Golf Course that day, wasn’t covered in flies.
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Q&A with Austrade Chief Executive Professor Stephanie Fahey
She should know, she use to help run one. The first female head of Austrade has experience in education, as well as in the commercial world, equipping her to understand how education and research underpins Australia’s trade mission.
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Equity is no longer an option – it’s an imperative
Seismic shifts in our economy and our society are here. Our globalised economy has seen technology disrupt jobs, industries and markets.
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Be careful what you wish for: why the market-based demand driven system is better than the alternatives.
From time to time over the past few years, we’ve heard the occasional call to end the demand driven system for university places.
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Is the TEF good public policy? Probably not.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the United Kingdom seeks to elevate the status of teaching and learning in higher education and provide better information to prospective students.
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Higher Education Conference: Gen Next 2017
What does the next generation of university students want from their degree? How can universities adapt to changing expectations?
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2016: The Year in Review
It’s been a busy year in higher education in Australia. Universities Australia has driven a bumper program of work on behalf of the sector – spearheading advocacy on a vast number of issues that affect our members.
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Going viral: promoting the contribution of universities in a digital age
It’s a recurring question for universities: how to communicate the value of what we do?
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Thinking about innovation: why basic research matters
Recently the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, spent time at the California University of Technology (Caltech.) There he discovered “phenomenal research underway” to improve health, find new sources of energy, and make the world a better place.
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A Fine Romance: Australian university engagement with China
In drawing the outlines of engagement between Australian and Chinese universities, one must paint with a very broad brush.
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Higher education by numbers
The higher education system in Australia is a major contributor to economic prosperity and social cohesion. Australia’s universities now have more than 1.3 million students and 120,000 staff across nearly 200 campuses.
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The rise of university philanthropy in Australia
Philanthropic support for higher education in Australia and New Zealand is on the rise. This is a heartening trend, and in many ways, 2015 was a particularly outstanding year for universities building a culture of philanthropy.
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