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IRU promotes collaboration between member universities across a wide number of areas including research, teaching and learning, internationalisation and academic staff development.
The IRU have developed a range of practical tools to help business and industry engage with universities, to work together to develop Australia's future skilled workforce.
There are a range of mutual benefits for industry, universities and students who engage in work integrated learning.
These documents are designed for employers and industry and include:
- An introduction and benefits of Work Integrated Learning
- A practical checklist
- Roles and responsibilities of the workplace supervisor
Work integrated learning (WIL) provides opportunities for higher education students to apply the theory and skills they learn at university in a workplace.
An IRU project aimed at developing an effective way of meeting course accreditation standards - standards intended and standards achieved - to maintain and improve academic standards
Environmental sustainability is an IRU area of research strength.
A team of 26 eminent ecologists from across the network have identified the environments in our continent which are of greatest risk of catastrophic change - and what we can do to save them.
They have identified Australia's 10 most endangered landscapes and their main threats
An IRU network area of research strength addressing one of the major challenges of our times.
The Asia Pacific region is one of the most disaster prone in the world. In comparison to other regions it experiences disaster at a rate disproportionate to its land mass.
Across the IRU network our universities are focused on evaluating the effectivenss of current strategies and developing better disaster management approaches to ensure we are all well prapred for future events.
Our most recent publication (February 2012) sets out the major themes to our work.
On 24 September 2012 the Disaster Research Centre at Flinders University will be hosting a network forum.
Course collaboration across the IRU network enhances the curriculum, provides students with the best possible course content and facilitates collaboration in teaching and research among academics and students. It also ensures economies of scale and that important disciplines are sustained where demand is not sufficient.
In 2006, with a desire to support Australia's researchers and research career development, IRU provided the initial funding to support a series of masterclasses developed by Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner at Flinders University.
Using the latest and best research in education, psychology and management combined with a practical hands on approach, Hugh and Maria have developed an international reputation and now provide their innovative program beyond the IRU to other Australian universities as well as leading universities overseas such as Stanford and Columbia in theUnited States, Oxford and Kings College in the United Kingdom, and universities in Ireland, Finalnd, Spain and New Zealand.