After the strong results in the recent Academic Rankings of World Universities I offer my congratulations to Australia’s universities which have once again shone on the world stage in the QS World University Rankings, particularly with their consistently-improving research performance rankings.
While there have been some mixed results, they highlight the competitiveness of international universities and the need for Australia to foster innovation and excellence in learning and labs while ensuring strong collaboration with local businesses and industry.
The results demonstrate that while internationally competitive, we cannot be complacent and must continue to improve our global standing.
I look forward to continuing the conversation Australia is having around higher education reform and ensuring that the system is fair and that it demands excellence and specialisation while being affordable and sustainable for this and future generations.
By the Hon Simon Birmingham.