Universities Australia to work with Australian Federal Government

May 29 2019

Universities Australia Chair Prof terry to work with New Australian Federal Government

The new chair of Universities Australia, Curtin University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry, is “very keen” to work with the Morrison government, and reappointed Education Minister Dan Tehan, on the challenges facing higher education.

“It really is a shared challenge for the future to ensure that we have a system of higher education that delivers opportunity for our economy, for our need for a homegrown skilled workforce and indeed for our social prosperity,” she said.

“We’re very keen to sit down with government and to work through how we can best manage that challenge.”

Professor Terry said there were two main issues to face: one was knowing how to ensure the higher education system could “expand appropriately” to meet the growth in students from the Costello baby boom generation who will arrive at university in the early 2020s. (As treasurer, Peter Costello famously urged parents to have more children, offering a baby bonus worth thousands of dollars.)

She said the other was to “have a discussion about the parts of our society where there are significant educational gaps”. These included indigenous and rural and remote Australians.

Courtesy: theaustralian.com.au, higher-education,