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Australia’s R&D Growth Performance since 2000 has been exceptional.

29 June 2011, by Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins

Australia has outperformed all of its OECD major trading partners in terms of the percentage growth in R&D expenditure in the period 2000 to 2009 to achieve a gross expenditure outcome of 2.21 percent of GDP, near the OECD average of 2.33 percent. A target R&D expenditure of 3 percent of GDP within the next decade should be a national goal, placing Australia in the top 25% of OECD countries, with the contribution from higher education being maintained at around 25% of this GDP figure. This would require an increase of the higher education R&D expenditure to 0.75 percent, compared with the present figure of 0.53 percent.

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The Public/Private Pantomime

29 June 2011, by Tony Heywood

One of the earliest essay-writing lessons could be summed up as “All generalisations are bad, even this one”. Despite this, the higher education sector persists with generalised portrayals of ‘public’ institutions in the role of hero and ‘private’ institutions as the villain. Non-university providers are stereotyped as small, temporary and shonky, intent on fleecing ‘rich but thick’ students who couldn’t gain a university place, who are taught by second-rate academics. It’s worth taking a closer look at our villain.

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Managers for a Demand Driven Environment

29 June 2011, by Paul Abela

Long term managers of tertiary education institutions have seen numerous changes over the last 20 years. Most of them are enough to test the resolve of a great many. Since 1990, we have seen large amalgamations of tertiary education institutions, the rise and rise of the private sector, the creation of a several billion dollar export industry and numerous other changes to the landscape.They have been there whilst managerial professionalism became the buzz word of how to manage a tertiary education institution and worked through continued re-structures in individual institutions, be they universities, TAFE or private providers.

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