A major review of the Australian Research Council follows years of concerns about political interference, tedious red tape and inadequate funding.
Universities can be hostile, overwhelming and unwelcoming places for many First Nations Peoples working in academia. More needs to be done to ensure culturally safe workplaces.
New research has found that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are more likely to be sexually harassed in a university context than any other students.
Culturally safe spaces are pivotal in the academic success of First Nations students.
The lack of a collective memory of university education and the student experience presents a serious problem in Australian life.
Universities must meaningfully acknowledge they are sited on unceded First Nations land and Indigenous culture should be recognised in campus design. These steps are vital for reconciliation.
World-leading university campus developments overseas call into question plans for CBD-based campuses in Australia. They might be good for CBD development, but what about the universities themselves?
Researchers will struggle to meet universities’ expectations of engagement beyond academia until this work is better recognised as part of their duties.
With 13 universities in the top 200 in the new aggregated ranking system known as ARTU, Australia ranks fourth in the world and is part of a rising new order in the global higher education sector.
A collapse in revenue and a lack of government support have led to university workforces being decimated to cut costs. This presents a number of longer-term risks for universities and the nation.
The campaign for ‘free speech on campus’ mimics US and UK tactics of using a manufactured crisis to further the goal of increasing conservative political influence in universities.
The Australian government has not been good to international students since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But compared to the US, UK and Canada, we haven’t lost our competitive edge.
Philanthropy is an increasingly significant source of revenue for universities, but the majority of donations go to five big universities.
Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused “many” vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia’s higher education sector.
India’s youths, an eighth of the world’s population, are facing a growing unemployment crisis. Australia must engage with this global demographic, for our own benefit and theirs.
The Institute for Public Affairs’ audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Glyn Davis lays out the evidence (or lack thereof) for the argument that free speech on campuses is at risk.
Australia’s regional universities face many challenges that need to be addressed at a national level if we’re going to keep feeling the economic benefit from agriculture we felt last financial year.