This year Purdue University in the US created Purdue University Global. It came into existence from its acquisition in April last year of the Kaplan University operation, which had ceased operations after a period of mixed fortunes.
Australian universities have dramatically improved their efficiency with big increases in the volume of research published as well as some increase in the number of students taught for every $1 million spent.
In 2008, distinguished economist Paul Krugman was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences — commonly known as the Nobel prize in economics — for his work on international trade.
An overview of research work conducted on the efficiency of research expenditure in Australian universities using real-world data and empirical evidence to measure efficiency and productivity growth.
Australia has, by international standards, a lot of large universities. The biggest, Monash, tips the scales at 60,000 full-time equivalent students. In actual student numbers (including part-timers) the total is around 75,000.
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.
When a student does a PhD by practice they have to make a contribution to knowledge but there must also be a practical application.
Australia’s universities and the business community will benefit from mechanisms that support a more active joint engagement in research.
Vice-chancellors around the country are thinking hard about efficiency dividends, organisational efficiency and saving cash.