Universities expand economies, support democracy and promote sustainability.
The tertiary qualifications target requires higher education providers, schools and communities to work together. But higher education can also help close the gap in the other target areas.
Three decades ago, in another time of upheaval in higher education, 7% of working-age Australians had a degree. Today 33% have one. More people than ever have a stake in what happens to universities.
The assumption has always been that students would enjoy online learning but our research, during COVID-19 lock down, found otherwise.
All universities face job losses. But the impacts of these job losses are greatest for regional communities.
India's new National Education Policy is impressive, and could create opportunities for Australian universities. The key issues, however, relate to implementation.
The government wants more power over university appointments, using financial management as the reason.
More can be done to ease transitions for West African students in the United Kingdom.
Many of the privileges that middle-class students enjoy are not obvious, even to themselves.
For years, we've heard Australia's spending on tertiary education is some of the lowest in the OECD. This is only true if you ignore GDP growth. Real spending was actually going up, until 2016.
In April 2019, the government-commissioned Joyce review made 71 recommendations to reform the VET sector. Here's what the report said, and what the government is doing about it.
As students return to campuses this week, new research shows universities could save money by not asking professors to teach tutorials because they are no more effective than student instructors.
Many young Australians and their parents don't consider VET as a potential post-school pathway, even if it might be more suitable for them than university.
Australian tertiary education policy and funding debates are better served by domestic data.
From 2020, ANU will require students to meet co-curricular requirements alongside ATAR. This significant policy shift is meant to improve equity of access, but won't change much.
Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.
Practical ways forward for higher education policy reform include fixing the dysfunctional relationship between higher and vocational education or government-sponsored analysis of the future of work.
Africa needs a new strategy for mother-tongue based bilingual education, from primary through to tertiary level.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
South Africa must act to halt the decline and save its universities' well deserved global reputation of excellence.