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In 2016, it cost A$12.4 billion to operate the Group of Eight universities, of which public funds from the government provided A$6.7 billion. The London Economics report reveals that the work of the Group of 8, delivered a return of over A$66 billion to the nation. UNSW

National Press Club address: Ian Jacobs on universities, Australia’s ‘hidden’ asset

A new report found that every one dollar of public funding spent on Go8 university research generated A$9.76 across the Australian economy, a roughly 10 fold return on the government's investment.
Historically, many American universities helped lay the foundation for eugenics, a pseudoscience used to justify racism. Helioscribe/www.shutterstock.com

For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past

Since US universities once stood at the forefront of the eugenics movement and its racist ideas, they should right the wrongs of the past by pursuing diversity on campus, two scholars argue.
Racial minorities face profiling on campus. Mr. Doomits/www.shutterstock.com

Smith College incident is latest case of racial ‘profiling by proxy’

An incident in which a Smith College employee called police on a black student who 'seemed out of place' is just the latest in a string of cases of racial 'profiling by proxy,' three scholars argue.
Many graduate students report psychological distress, but the fear of stigma and other factors often dissuade them from seeking help. Dirima/www.shutterstock.com

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

Colleges and universities must do more to combat a "culture of silence" that dissuades many graduate students from seeking help with mental health issues, researchers argue.
Video games have inspired a revolution in university teaching. Pictured here is a scene from the popular game Fortnite Battle Royale. (Sergey Galyonkin, Epic Games Berlin via Wikimedia Commons)

How playful design is transforming university education

University course designers are harnessing the addictive quality of video games to develop 'Serious educational games' that engage and motivate students.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
Recent research shows that many students who are using cannabis for medicinal reasons are also replacing their prescription medications with it. (Shutterstock)

The truth about cannabis on Canadian campuses

Cannabis may not be legal yet in Canada, but university students are already big consumers and increasingly willing to talk about it.
Giving a TED talk and/or tweeting are becoming expected parts of an up-and-coming digital professor’s job. (William Saito)

The professor of the future: Digital and critical

Young professors are challenged to engage in public outreach using digital technologies, without becoming mouthpieces for corporate elites.

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