The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of seven research intensive universities established in the outer urban areas of Australia’s capitals and in major regional cities to stimulate economic, community and individual advancement. We bring universities with comprehensive activities across teaching and research to areas where higher education participation and attainment are low, and where the university’s research and creation of graduates can strengthen the social and economic prosperity of the region.
The demand driven system has given IRU members the opportunity to expand provision of higher education, improving the outcomes they deliver to their regions and to the nation. The IRU supports continuation of the demand driven funding to allow its full potential to be realized.
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