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International education is part of the broad mission of Australian universities to educate people no matter their background, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said in response to today’s speech by Education Minister The Hon. Alan Tudge MP. Mr Tudge’s speech explores important issues regarding a major element of universities’ mission to deliver education Read more

Government plans to improve the commercialisation of research provide a welcome Government agenda for 2021, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said – but the Government must provide additional support to make it happen. Speaking at The University of Melbourne today, Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge outlined his positive vision for a Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed confirmation that a $50 per fortnight increase in jobseeker benefits will also apply to students claiming Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Austudy. The Prime Minister announced a package of changes to unemployment benefits at a Parliament House press conference this afternoon, including a permanently increase of JobSeeker payments Read more

Events

IRU Senior Leaders Forum

The IRU is a network of seven Australian universities. As such, it does not host regular events for non-members.

The IRU hosts an annual IRU Senior Leaders Forum each year where members can discuss issues of current and future strategic importance. Delegates are nominated by IRU member universities, dependent on the topics due to be discussed.

The 2020 IRU Senior Leaders Forum has been postponed due to COVID-19. The next Forum will take place in 2021. Further details will be announced to delegates in due course. 

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31 Mar 2021

International education is part of Australian universities’ core mission to educate


International education is part of the broad mission of Australian universities to educate people no matter their background, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said in response to today’s speech by Education Minister The Hon. Alan Tudge MP. Mr Read more

26 Feb 2021

IRU welcomes Government agenda for greater research commercialisation


Government plans to improve the commercialisation of research provide a welcome Government agenda for 2021, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said – but the Government must provide additional support to make it happen. Speaking at The University of Read more

23 Feb 2021

Benefits increase a welcome boost for students and universities


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed confirmation that a $50 per fortnight increase in jobseeker benefits will also apply to students claiming Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Austudy. The Prime Minister announced a package of changes to unemployment benefits Read more

19 Feb 2021

Don’t leave students out of benefits increase


Students claiming Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Austudy must be included in Government plans to permanently raise the value of welfare payments, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. According to media reports today (19 February 2021), the Government is Read more

29 Jan 2021

Are universities over-reliant on China?


The IRU has published a new briefing assessing the often-used claim that Australian universities are overly reliant on Chinese international students as a revenue stream. “In 2019, 133,000 Chinese international students studied at universities in Australia, making up 13% of Read more

28 Jan 2021

Carolyn Evans appointed new chair of IRU group


Griffith University Vice-Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans has become the new chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group. Professor Evans takes over the position from Murdoch University Vice-Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen, who was IRU chair through 2019 and 2020. The Read more

05 Nov 2020

International research and education remain at threat from proposed foreign relations laws


Research and education partnerships between Australian universities and international institutions remain at risk following the publication of the parliamentary inquiry report into the proposed Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. Read more

15 Oct 2020

IRU celebrates new funding for research into Australian society, history and culture


IRU members are celebrating after winning $3.4 million of new funding for research into Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, history and culture – 29% of all the money awarded through the program. Education Minister Dan Tehan announced Read more

09 Oct 2020

Making the most of Job-ready graduates


IRU statement on the Job-Ready Graduates Bill With the passage of the Government’s Job-Ready Graduates package through Parliament it is now for universities and the Government to ensure the best outcome over coming years. We need to take advantage of Read more

08 Oct 2020

Major step towards a new research funding system


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) congratulates the Government for recognising the need for a major investment in research across 2021 to ensure our research system continues. The Government’s commitment of an additional one billion dollars to the Research Support Program Read more