Group of 8 Newsletter March 2014

Go8 news

Demand Driven Funding and Equity

Demand driven funding was implemented in conjunction with a national target to have 20% of undergraduate higher education enrolments coming from low Social Economic Standing (SES) students by 2020. While the share of both commencing and total undergraduate enrolments from low SES students increased by around one percentage point between 2008 and 2012, the majority of growth (80%) during this period still came from students of medium or high SES background.

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Brazilian students experience a different kind of summer in Australia

In 2010 the Group of Eight signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Brazilian Government to host students under its Science Without Borders (SWB) program. SWB aims to send thousands of Brazilian university students to leading international higher education institutions to promote growth in the fields of science, technology and innovation.

Over the Australian summer break, Go8 universities provided a range of programs for SWB students to participate in.

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Go8 sponsors AIEA conference

For the fourth year in a row the Group of Eight (Go8) was a sponsor to the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference held in Washington DC in February 2014.

The AIEA is a membership organisation of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The conference attracts over 800 senior university staff from around the world.

This year the conference focused on the importance of intellectual capital in the 21st century and the role of universities in preparing students who are global citizens.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for the Go8 to raise its profile in the US and beyond as Australia’s research intensive universities.

Go8-DAAD Joint Research Cooperation Scheme – a good case to make

The Go8-DAAD Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is a joint initiative of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD is Germany’s national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It is one of the world’s largest and most respected organisations in its field. The scheme supports exchanges for Go8 researchers to spend time at partner universities in Germany and vice versa.

The scheme aims to:

  • foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Go8 universities and German researchers; and
  • result in research outcomes and the exchange of skills and knowledge of mutual benefit to Australia and Germany.

Projects are funded within a framework of well-defined research necessitating collaboration between Australian and German researchers. Particular preference will be given to projects that include exchanges between early career researchers.

Since 2008 these projects have achieved extraordinary results and this relatively small program can be considered to be very successful in terms of academic outcome and impact. The total amount mobilised by this scheme up to now is about $A 7.64m in 180 joint projects. One of these projects focused on cognitive ageing and depression.

Dr Karen Mather from UNSW Australia has provided us with feedback about her own experience with the program.

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Research with Impact

The delicate science of bubbles

Associate Professor Raymond Dagastine
The University of Melbourne
Future Fellow 2009
Field of Research: Physical Chemistry
Project Title: Fundamentals and applications of dynamic interfacial forces in soft matter

Knowing how bubbles bounce apart and fuse together could improve the stability of ice-cream and champagne, improve waste water treatment, and increase efficiency in the mining industry, says Associate Professor Raymond Dagastine, ARC Future Fellow from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Dagastine is part of a team of chemical engineers, chemists and mathematicians undertaking research to measure the force between bubbles made from different gases colliding at various speeds. More specifically, Associate Professor Dagastine is developing theories and nanoscale experiments to predict and measure the interactions between droplets and bubbles that underpin the innovative applications of foams and emulsions.

This area of research focus has a direct impact on a large range of applications such as microfluidics, mineral and pharmaceutical processing, as well as product formulation in personal care products, pesticides and foods.

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Russell Group Signs Hefei Statement

The Russell Group of 24 leading universities in the UK has become a signatory to the Hefei Statement.

The Hefei Statement outlines the characteristics of contemporary research universities, including the pursuit of excellence, a commitment to research training and the right to set priorities on academic grounds, among others.

It was originally signed by four of the world’s leading research university associations – the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Consortium of China 9 Research Universities (C9), the Group of Eight Australia (Go8) and the League of European Research Universities (LERU) – at the annual meeting of the C9 universities in Hefei, China, in October 2013.

In a press release, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said, “We are pleased to sign up to the Hefei statement as we want to work together with other university groups overseas, who are also signatories, to promote the fundamental principles of world-class research universities across the world, and to influence the development of higher education and research policy with this in mind.”

A copy of the Hefei Statement may be downloaded here.

Calendar of Events

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