from the Chair and the Chief Executive

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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
Universities Australia

16 December 2016


june // 2015



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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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