In his David Davies Memorial Lecture (7 December 2011) Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training advances three main points to his theme of ‘excellence in universities’:
- that we should retain a focus on universities as places for education and creation of knowledge;
- that we should support a variety of ways in which universities achieve their missions; and
- Australia needs to concentrate on pushing a small set of its universities into the highest level
of international university rankings.