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Group of 8 Newsletter November 2014

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 Matters on hold The Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda Program Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Reform of the ESOS Framework Go8 in EduExpo Student Exhibitions in Brazil Best Global Universities Rankings Executive Files: The University of Adelaide Research with Impact Calendar of Events … [Read more...]

Weatherill call for structural reform of SA university sector rebuffed

 22  August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A call by SA Premier Jay Wetherill for Adelaide’s three universities to consider a full or partial amalgamation has been rebuffed. Nevertheless, a proposal from the three universities proposing the creation of a joint research commercialisation company is expected to be sent to the premier shortly. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Weatherill has warned the state’s universities are failing to get full commercial value from their research and says a radical option of merging the three institutions must be considered to create jobs and industries. He says “structural reform” of SA’s university sector must be … [Read more...]

Australian unis suffer reputational damage

4 October 2013 Australia's leading universities have generally gone backwards in the Times Higher Education rankings, which has been attributed to funding cuts announced by the previous government. The rankings are derived from a survey based on 13 performance indicators, across five areas,  ranging from teaching and research to international outlook. The University of Melbourne remains the highest ranked Australian university but fell six places from 28 to 34 while  Australian National University dropped 11 places from 37 to 48. The negative trend saw Sydney fall 10 places, the University of NSW down 22 places and Adelaide drop out of the top 200. The winners were the University … [Read more...]

The Scan | #137 | 12 September 2013

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Australian unis rate highly but slipping The 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings show that while the majority of Australian universities have slipped on the ladder of the world's leading institutions, seven still in rank in the world top 100  and twenty universities - half of the entire system - make the top 400.The top universities in Australia were: ANU at 27 (down 3 places from last year), Melbourne, (31, up 5 places) Sydney (38, up 1 place), University of Queensland (43, up 3), University of NSW (52, steady) Monash … [Read more...]

Australian unis rate highly – but not as highly as before

The Australian    |   11 September 2013 The 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings show that while the majority of Australian universities have slipped on the ladder of the world's leading institutions, seven still rank in the world top 100  and twenty universities - half of the entire system - make the top 400. The top universities in Australia were: ANU at 27 (down 3 places from last year), Melbourne, (31, up 5 places) Sydney (38, up 1 place), University of Queensland (43, up 3), University of NSW (52, steady) Monash (=69, down 8 places) and the University of Western Australia (84, down 5 places). Other well-ranked universities that experienced big falls were … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 4 September 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALP eyes more pacts to unlock places Andrew Trounson A RE-ELECTED Labor government will make greater use of direct agreements with universities.   Global economist contemplates cosmos Bernard Lane TWO rather different authors are responsible for the Spanish economist Ramon Tamames … [Read more...]

Cutting edge research facility opens at Adelaide

University of Adelaide News    |      5 July 2013 The University of Adelaide has opened its new $100 million science and research building, The Braggs, named after two of its greatest alumni, 1915 Nobel Laureates Sir William Henry Bragg and his son, Sir William Lawrence Bragg. The building houses the University's world-leading Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and other learning and research facilities. The Braggs, funded in part with a $29 million grant from the Commonwealth government, will house more than 10,000 square metres of research and teaching space, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories. Minister for innovation Senator Kim Carr said The Braggs … [Read more...]

Campus Review 19 February 2013

This is Campus Review's own summary of lead items in its online edition. As Campus Review is a subscription service, you or your organisation need to have a subscription to Campus Review to view the full article. All non subscribers to Campus Review can have access to a free online trial offer provides free online access to the website for 28 days. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Extreme rainfall, floods due to warming: study Using more than 8000 weather stations around the world and analysing data going back to 1900, researchers from the universities of Adelaide,   NSW and the  Victoria (Canada) have found a link … [Read more...]

AFR Education supplement – 10 December 2012

Measures will add an edge to quality of university research Regular and comprehensive audits of university research are now a fixture following the announcement last week by Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans that there would be a third round of the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) process.  Learning goals must equal Asia's best The Prime Minister's Asian Century White Paper aims for our school system to be in the world's top five by 2025, but expectations in our curriculum do not support this goal.  To reach the top, we should follow the example set by the United Kingdom and deliberately benchmark what our kids learn against the world’s best. Top marks for University … [Read more...]

High-quality, small-group learning says Uni of Adelaide Plan

University of Adelaide Newsroom    |    3 December 2012 The University of Adelaide's new 10-year strategic plan Beacon of Enlightenment signals what the university describes as a “fundamental paradigm shift towards smaller classes, and delivering a premium student experience”. In launching the plan vice-chancellor Warren Bebbington committed the university to “transformation rather than growth" and pointed to the alternative drift towards massive enrolments and `dumbed-down' content over the past 20 years in Australian and UK universities and the subsequent risk to quality higher education. The ideal of the modern university, the union of teaching and research has been lost.  The … [Read more...]