Adelaide Advertiser 5 April 2012
At least two of South Australia’s three major universities must merge if they want to continue to compete internationally, the University of South Australia’s vice-chancellor believes. Peter Hoj says the budgets of the local universities are dwarfed by some of those in the eastern states and overseas and so consolidation makes sense. ‘‘We have to lift our sights to competing nationally and internationally, rather than having three universities incessantly trying to slice up a fixed cake,’’ Professor Hoj said. ‘‘The catchline is ‘ how do we transfer the mindset from being state-focused in competitiveness terms to being national and global?’ ’’ In terms of resources, a merger of the two universities would create a university with annual revenue of around $1.3 billion (vs $1.7 billion for The University of Melbourne in 2010). A spokeswoman for Premier Jay Weatherill said he is “not necessarily opposed” to a merger but there is not yet a proposal on the table.