Australian Government | 26 July 2013
The Australian Government has commissioned a new project to map the national research and teaching capacity in the humanities and social sciences (HASS).
Announcing the project, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, and Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said the report will profile the HASS sectors, including trends in student enrolments and infrastructure capacity.
In addition to profiling the humanities and social sciences sectors, the project will consider how government, universities and the humanities and social sciences communities might address issues of sustainability and gaps in capability.
According to Carr, Australia’s capacity to respond to, and thrive in, the Asian Century relies on our humanities and social science research and teaching capability:
These disciplines provide the cultural, linguistic and social perspectives required for our future economic, political and cultural advancement – both regionally and globally.
The assessment will be undertaken by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, led by Professor Graeme Turner.
Universities Australia – Humanities and social sciences mapping project crucial