Australia in Asia White Paper
Australian Universities in the Asian Century
Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, released the Government’s Australian Government’s Australia in the Asian Century While Paper on Sunday 28 October 2012. Amongst other findings it highlights the critical role that higher education and Australia’s universities must play in strengthening the economic, social and cultural ties Australia has with our closest neighbours.
The White Paper identifies twenty five National Objectives for 2025. The following Objectives relate directly to higher education and our universities.
National Objective No 12
Creating capabilities.. through universities
Australia will remain among the world’s best for research and teaching in universities, delivering excellent outcomes for a larger number of Australian students, attracting the best academics and students from around the world and strengthening links between Australia and the region.
- By 2020, 20 per cent of undergraduate higher education enrolments will be people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, up from 17 per cent in 2011.
- By 2025, 40 per cent of all 25 to 34-year-olds will hold a qualification at bachelor level or above, up from 35 per cent in 2011.
- By 2025, 10 of Australia’s universities will be in the world’s top 100.
- A larger number of Australian university students will be studying overseas and a greater proportion will be undertaking part of their degree in Asia.
- Progress higher education reform to continue improving the reach, quality, performance and flexibility of Australia’s higher education system, including a strengthening of our international education sector informed by the International Education Advisory Council.
- Work with universities to substantially boost the number of Australian students studying in Asia through closer links with regional institutions, and improve financial support and information for students who study in Asia.
- Support universities to increase the number of students who undertake Asian studies and Asian languages as part of their university education, including through increased use of the National Broadband Network and digital technology.
- Encourage every Australian university to have a presence in Asia and establish an exchange arrangement involving transferable credits with at least one major Asian university.
- Support, through the Australian Research Council and other mechanisms, high-quality research by Australian publicly funded research organisations and strengthen research.
Source: Australian Government (October 2012) Australia in the Asian Century White Paper p16-17.
A full copy of the White Paper can be downloaded from: http://asiancentury.dpmc.gov.au/