August 30, 2017
MINISTER SPEECH

Australian Federal Government Minister Speech

Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit 2017 Address

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training

“……..This conference has already been exploring concepts on how to modernise universities to deliver greater benefits for students and realise desperately needed efficiencies. Former vice chancellor Steven Schwartz ….. has belled the cat on outdated teaching methods, the way capital could be better used to support investment and the excessive shift in head count from teaching to administration. Former ANU Professor Keith Houghton has released research revealing significant scope for enhanced productivity and potential savings across many Australian universities who have, in many respects, been perhaps resting on their laurels with easy taxpayer funding flowing into their coffers……….”