Af­ter the gold rush

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

A “golden age” of Aus­tralian higher ed­u­ca­tion is giv­ing way to an era of scarcity and de­ri­sion marked by fund­ing stag­na­tion and a hos­tile me­dia, a sec­tor au­di­ence has been warned. Scott Bow­man (pic­tured be­low), the vice-chan­cel­lor of Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity, told the Re­gional Uni­ver­si­ties Net­work con­fer­ence that the sec­tor had ex­pe­ri­enced a dream decade of un­capped stu­dent places, struc­tural ad­just­ment grants and a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture fund. But those “fund­ing buck­ets” are now empty, and Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties face a UK-style fu­ture in which they will “have to make videos to jus­tify their ex­is­tence”, the Bri­tish-born vicechan­cel­lor told the fo­rum on Queens­land’s

Gold Coast.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.