June 21, 2018

Adelaide University and the University of SA proposed merger just the beginning

June 21, 2018 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Adelaide University and the University of SA proposed merger just the beginning Robert Bolton – Education Editor More university mergers could be on the way after higher education experts said the proposed link up of the University of South Australia and Adelaide Uni was an idea whose time had come. Education…

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April 4, 2018

PhD by practice must have a practical application

April 4, 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN PhD by practice must have a practical application When a student does a PhD by practice they have to make a contribution to knowledge but there must also be a practical application. Tom Spurling, a practitioner of traditional scientific research, a one-time head of the CSIRO’s division of chemicals and…

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March 20, 2018

Industry-engaged degrees bring the experienced to the partnership

March 20, 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN Industry-engaged degrees bring the experienced to the partnership Keith Houghton Australia’s universities and the business community will benefit from mechanisms that support a more active joint engagement in research.   These benefits are unarguable — the issue is how, and there are many valid perspectives on this. While we know…

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February 7, 2018

Benefits in a superior approach to efficiency

February 7, 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN Benefits in a superior approach to efficiency Keith Houghton Vice-chancellors around the country are thinking hard about efficiency dividends, organisational efficiency and saving cash. While the cash flow of a university and that institution’s efficiency are linked in important ways, they are not identical. Indeed the withdrawal of cash can…

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September 11, 2017

Universities and Government dig in on funding cuts

September 11, 2017 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Universities and Government dig in on funding cuts Tim Dodd – Education editor “….Former Australian National University business and economics dean Keith Houghton attached much attention at the summit with his university productivity data that showed wide variations across the sector in the cost of producing each research paper and educating…

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August 30, 2017

Australian Federal Government Minister Speech

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…

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August 29, 2017

Follow the higher ed money

August 29, 2017 THE AUSTRALIAN Follow the higher ed money Bernard Lane  “Earlier this month we reported remarks by former ANU business dean Keith Houghton that although his research showed that universities as a sector had lifted efficiency over recent years, the track record of some institutions suggested they would struggle to find the productivity…

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August 29, 2017

Simon Birmingham tells unis: the pressure to constrain funding won’t go away

August 29, 2017 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Simon Birmingham tells unis: the pressure to constrain funding won’t go away Tim Dodd – Education editor Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will bluntly tell universities they are “kidding” themselves if they think the pressure to constrain spending on higher education is going to go away. In a speech to The…

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August 28, 2017

Education Minister Simon Birmingham warns universities they must focus on efficiency and value for money

August 28, 2017 AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW Education Minister Simon Birmingham warns universities they must focus on efficiency and value for money Tim Dodd  “Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has issued a tough warning to universities to focus on efficiency and value for money or risk losing public trust and goodwill. He said he welcomed new…

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August 16, 2017

University cutbacks loom but productivity a key obstacle

August 16, 2017 THE AUSTRALIAN University cutbacks loom but productivity a key obstacle Keith Houghton Australia’s universities are facing a potential $1.2 billion funding cut. An essential ingredient to the announced cuts is the ability of universities to absorb them without unintended and undesirable consequences.  In recently published research, my co-authors and I demonstrated Australian…

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