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The Scan #179 5 May 2016

A few cuts, no frills 4 May 2016   |   The government has pushed consideration of proposed university reforms, including a 20% cut in funding, out beyond the election, until 1 January 2018.  While it has ruled out full fee deregulation, it has released an options paper, to guide a consultation process, canvassing a range of alternative fee measures which would still see substantial fee rises.  The 2016 Budget also sees an efficiency dividend of $1.2 billion on legislated dropped but the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program has been cut by $152 million to $553 million over four years.  The Office of Learning and Teaching has been abolished, with the resulting $18 million in … [Read more...]

Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt to head ANU

ANU News   |    24 June 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).  He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  Brian Schmidt and Gareth Evans speak of Schmidt's appointment as ANU vice-chancellor ANU chancellor  Gareth Evans AC said the University Council is delighted the renowned astrophysicist and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics had accepted the offer to become the University's 12th Vice-Chancellor. Brian Schmidt is … [Read more...]

Australian unis rate highly

The Australian     |     30 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dispelling a year of gloomy predictions of poorer international competitiveness, Australia’s higher education system has come third on a ranking based on performance across 36 disciplines, behind only the US and Britain and equal to Germany. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Australian universities also came in third place based on institutions in top 50 positions in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Australian National University topped the list of 29 local universities qualifying for the ranking, with four disciplines being scored among the … [Read more...]

ANU’s Ian Young to step down

ANU News    |    12 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Vice-chancellor of the Australian National University and current chair of the Group of Eight universities, Professor Ian Young, will step down from the position when his current term expires next year and return to research and teaching. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Professor Young was appointed vice-chancellor of the ANU in Canberra in 2011 and was previously vice-chancellor of Swinburne University. By February 2016, I will have served as a Vice-Chancellor for 13 years in two universities, and in senior executive roles in four institutions over more than 20 years. I have found my time at ANU … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 February 2015

Edition # 166 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Higher ed reforms referred back to Committee 12 February 2015 | Labor, the Greens and four independent senators (Senators Xenophon, Lambie, Muir, Rhiannon and Lazarus) have joined forces to establish another inquiry into higher education reform, to report by 17 March. The committee will consider alternatives to deregulation, likely future demand for places and implications on student loans, research infrastructure and regional provision. The inquiry will also look to investigate “the appropriateness and accuracy of government … [Read more...]

Australian unis rate highly

The Australian    |    19 November 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) global ranking which rates in order 2000 universities has placed all Australian universities in the 2000 (10% of universities) ranging from the University of Melbourne at 29 to the University of Notre Dame at 1670.  URAP puts five local institutions in its top 100 and 18 in its top 500. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In addition to Melbourne, the ranking places Sydney (30), Queensland (51), Monash (64) and University of NSW (78) in the top 100. The Australian National University, which in other ranking systems is usually close by to … [Read more...]

Melbourne University makes the top 50

 15 August 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………Four Australian Universities have been placed in the top 100 of the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings).………………………………………………………………………………………………………Melbourne University has cracked the top 50 coming in at 44, up 10 places from last year. ANU was placed at 74 (66 in 2013) , University of Queensland 85 (85), University of Western Australia 88 (91). Sydney, ranked 97 last year, dropped out of the top 100.Nineteen Australian universities were placed in the top 500.Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis says that for any Australian universities to be achieving top 100 status is a significant achievement and to … [Read more...]

HELP is in need of help

The Conversation     |     1 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… An important issue for Australian university funding concerns the rate of interest applied to Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. For the last 25 years the debts have been adjusted to inflation; this has ensured that the loan carries a zero real rate of interest for all debtors. Times have changed. The 2014/15 budget proposes that the debt be adjusted to the long-term government bond rate, which would lead to significant inequities in the system. Bruce Chapman and Timothy Higgins (ANU) recently conducted some research on this issue, and found there are alternative indexation arrangements worth … [Read more...]

Go8 leader urges senators to enable fee deregulation but ease up on interest rates

The Conversation   |   30 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ANU vice-chancellor and chair of the Group of Eight Ian Young has urged the Senate to pass fee deregulation, proposed in May’s budget, but stopped short of supporting the government’s plans to impose an interest rate on HECS. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…     ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has urged the Senate to pass fee deregulation, proposed in May’s budget, but stopped short of supporting the government’s plans to impose an interest rate on HECS. In a speech at the Press Club in Canberra today, Young, who is also Chair of the Group of Eight, said Australia had no outstanding … [Read more...]

Imagining an Australia built on the brilliance of our people: address to National Press Club

Group of Eight   |   30 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… When our Senate considers the government’s higher education reforms it needs to find some sensible compromises. It needs to see thatderegulation is critical to this nation’s future. It needs to consider what magnitude of funding cuts is sustainable for universities in a constrained public budget. It needs to find a compromise option which maintains the brilliance of the HECS system, allows it to be sustainable for the nation and affordable for students. It also must not forget that world class research is essential if we are to be a wealthy nation in 50 years. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Higher … [Read more...]