6 August 2013
Regional Universities Network (RUN) – Smarter Regions, Smarter Australia – was launched a policy statement on March 13 2013. It details a variety of ways “in which government can unlock the full human potential of regional Australia.”
Two-thirds of the nation’s economic assets and productive activity located outside Australia’s capital cities, along with one-third of the population.
RUN chair David Battersby says that the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Australia will be enhanced by further building human, social and cultural capital, employment, entrepreneurship, productivity and industry diversiﬁcation within Australia’s regions. This will contribute towards an Australia which is healthy and safe, socially, culturally and economically prosperous, with increased productivity and innovation.
RUN universities teach more than 100,000 students across 29 campuses or 9% of enrolments in Australian public universities. hey educate 25% of Australia’s regional higher education students, 34% of its distance education students, 16% of its low socio- economic students, 15% of its Indigenous students and 32% of its students in enabling courses.