The newsletter of Universities Australia
from the Chair and the Chief Executive
Welcome to the final HIGHER ED.ITION for 2016.
In this issue, we recap a bumper year. Universities Australia has delivered a major work program and we’ve taken the time to reflect on how the sector has tackled key issues and opportunities.
We also share some insights on how our Keep It Clever public awareness campaign is taking the stories of university research and graduates to even wider audiences through social media.
And we’ve launched the first instalment of a handy data snapshot series of useful stats on the many contributions of universities to Australia’s social cohesion and economic strength.
In a piece for HIGHER ED.ITION, University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis pushes back on recent commentary on research impact, explaining that basic or discovery research – peer reviewed in journals – is the wellspring of innovation.
We also share some excellent observations on the maturing of Australian universities’ engagement with China by UA Deputy Chair and Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner.
The fast growing area of university philanthropy in Australia is analysed in this edition by Sue Cunningham, the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This follows the well-attended inaugural UA-CASE symposium on philanthropy last week.
And a reminder to get in early to save $250 on registrations for next year’s UA Conference – especially if you plan to send a number of people. We have a strong program of global and local speakers joining us from March 1-3, and you won’t want to miss this scene-setter for the year.
Finally, we would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season. We look forward to another busy year in 2017, when UA marks its tenth anniversary.
Barney Glover and Belinda Robinson
Chair and Chief Executive
16 December 2016