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The Scan # 168 7 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne's research budget fix 8 May 2015     |     Science research infrastructure that was threatened by the government’s controversial higher education reforms will receive a $300 million lifeline in next week’s budget – but at the expense of other research funding. Cutting the $1.8 billion a year research block grants is an easier option that doesn’t needing parliamentary approval or targets specific projects, but it will still hurt research it’s reported that funding for the National Collaborative and … [Read more...]

Rising stars

30 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 is a ranking of the top 100 universities under 50 years old.  As the blurb pus it, " it provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential."  The ranking measures universities on research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry outcome.  In all,  16 Australian universities are listed, the largest national contingent, with University of Technology Sydney being the highest ranked. Swinburne University of Technology entered the ranking for the first time,  which Swinburne’s … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Rankings confirm “world class system”

ABC News      |      2 October 2014 3 October 2014 “The data shows that Australia does not have just a few world-class universities, but a world-class system" ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australian universities have made  made big gains in the latest Time Higher Education (THE) world university rankings, with one new entrant joining the world's top 200, and most of Australia's top universities moving up the rankings. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Melbourne University remains Australia's top-ranked university in 33rd position globally, ahead of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra at 45th (up from 48th last year), the University of … [Read more...]

Group of Eight Newsletter September 2014

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents Go8 Submission to the inquiry on Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 New Go8 Publications Curiosity: the secret to research breakthroughs All Go8 institutions now in the top 100 in the QS Rankings ARMS 2014 Australian Education Fairs in Latin America Executive Files: Monash University Research with Impact Calendar of Events   … [Read more...]

Vann’s stand

CSU     |    28 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In this  forensic analysis, Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor Andrew Vann demolishes what he describes as the "pretexts" of the recent budget with respect to higher education.  Vann rejects the idea that deregulation is required to create diversity: “Charles Sturt University is nothing like the University of Sydney, nor does it wish to be anything like it.” Neither does he think that fee deregulation will enable Australian universities to climb up the global university rankings: for an Australian university to make it into the Top 20, for example, “I have previously suggested we might be able to pull this off by … [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 ritual dance of university rankings

The Conversation     |     3 October 2013  Whenever an unfavourable political opinion poll comes out, you can count on one thing: at least one politician saying they never pay attention to polls. And so it goes for university leaders when the results are in from world university rankings. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2013-14 released today were not universally good news for Australian universities. While some improved their rank, the overall result was less encouraging. The University of Melbourne lost six places, going from 28 to 34; while the ANU went from 37 to 48 and the University of Adelaide dropped out of the top 200 altogether. The THE’s … [Read more...]