09 Mar 2022 | Executive Director Comment

IRU calls for an election agenda to reset higher education

The 2022 federal election provides a unique opportunity for government to move beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and set the policy foundations for a new phase in Australia’s economic and social development. Universities – bringing together education, skills, research and innovation – have a crucial role to play in creating a future that benefits all Australians. Read more

17 Feb 2022 | Executive Director Comment, International, Research

Don’t forget the Indo-Pacific when building new research ties

In The Weekend Australian, in an article about universities strengthening links with the UK, Peter Jennings from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said that research collaboration would increasingly have to happen with our military allies: “You can choose the West or choose China, that’s the world.” But the world where global knowledge, research and innovation were Read more

28 Jan 2021 | International, Students

Are Australia’s universities over-reliant on China?

China is undoubtedly an important market for international education. However, IRU analysis shows that many industries considered essential to our economy depend on China at a much higher rate than education.

06 May 2020 | Funding, Research

Don’t let university research be another victim of COVID

University researchers are playing a major role in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. But with universities facing a major reduction in revenue in 2020, the longer-term future of Australian research appears uncertain.

01 May 2020 | Students

Year 12 outcomes and university selection under COVID

The IRU has published a short paper on the impact of COVID-19 on Year 12 school outcomes and the challenges this creates for university selection of the 2020 school leaver cohort. 

25 Mar 2019 | Executive Director Comment, Funding, Students

Impact of the Demand Driven System 2009 to 2017

It is ten years since the demand driven system for funding university places was announced. The Government wanted to ensure that all Australians had the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills in the fields that drive them, as the basis for productive contribution to Australia’s future. To mark the tenth anniversary of demand driven funding, the IRU has published a report analysing the system’s key achievements.

23 Nov 2018 | Education, Students

The take up of tertiary education

The IRU recently published a discussion paper, Towards a tertiary future, outlining our vision for tertiary education in Australia. 

A supplemental paper has now been published by the IRU, digging further into the data round applications, acceptance and completions. 

This includes breakdowns by state, gender, socioeconomic group and metro/non-metro areas. 

21 Nov 2018 | Executive Director Comment

Towards a Tertiary Future discussion paper

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has published its contribution to the tertiary debate in a discussion paper titled ‘Towards a Tertiary Future’ (published 21 November 2018). In it, the IRU makes the case for a coherent tertiary education system that ensures each person has the opportunity and incentive to get the vocational and higher education qualifications, skills and knowledge to which they aspire.

20 Sep 2018 | Executive Director Comment, Students

IRU Contribution to Higher Education and Research in Regional Australia

The IRU’s regional presence is strong within the health sciences, teaching 26% of the nation’s health students who are taught from regional based campuses. We teach roughly similar proportions of the nation’s health students in regional based campuses at the doctoral-level (26%), postgraduate coursework (31%) and bachelor-level (25%).

10 Aug 2017 | Executive Director Comment

A Dodgy Chart Does Not a Good Case Make

The Report of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee into the Government’s higher education package sheds little new light but it does include a notably dodgy chart that undermines, not supports, the Minister’s rhetoric about higher education funding growing faster than Australia’s gross domestic product. Total higher education funding is increasing. If we want Read more