Monash will be the first foreign university to open a branch campus in Indonesia. However, academics are divided on how the planned campus will impact the country's higher education sector.
The recent NHMRC funding announcement has renewed criticism about how medical research is funded in Australia. Is the system fair? Or is it stacked against some researchers?
Food, drug and other companies often sponsor research in the hope it might produce results favourable to their products. How can we ensure such research remains independent?
The future is not bleak as long as the government recognises the importance of and continues investing in science.