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Productivity is the crucial, but unmentioned, word in the SA uni merger

For several years economist Keith Houghton, a former business and economics dean at the Australian National University, has been gathering data on the productivity performance of Australian universities to give a picture of the efficiency of their research and the efficiency of their teaching.

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Group of Eight Unis outperformed in productivity during the pandemic

Shortly after the pandemic’s onset, there was a view that Australia’s universities were facing a ‘perfect storm’ of negative events. With more limited international student tuition income and no access to JobKeeper funding offered to others, the public universities faced the daunting task of navigating through seemingly inevitable financial challenges.

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Rebuilding a Sustainable, Fair and Productive Tertiary Education System for Australia

The Covid-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to reflect deeply on what has gone before and how we should do things differently. In the article below, Stephen Parker presents his personal vision to rebuild Australia’s tertiary education system, improving its sustainability, fairness and productivity.

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