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ATN welcomes new ministry

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) congratulates Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham on his reappointment as the Minister for Education and welcomes the announcement of the Hon. Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

We also congratulate Karen Andrews in her new role as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Craig Laundy as the new Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

“The election of the Turnbull Government signals ongoing commitment to the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and the ATN looks forward to working with Ministers Birmingham and Hunt to deliver a strengthened higher education sector and stronger university / industry collaboration” said Renee Hindmarsh, ATN Executive Director.

“Collaboration is part of the institutional DNA at ATN universities, evidenced by the fact since 2010 more than two-thirds of the ATN research income has come from industry-related sources or end users. We know that businesses that collaborate with universities and research organisations are 34 per cent more productive.”

The ATN has taken a proactive approach to achieve this policy goal, releasing our National Approach to IP earlier this year and through the delivery of unique programs such as the ATN Industry Doctoral Training Program and the ATN e-grad school which provides our students with a broad range of skills that are both attractive to industry and will help them thrive in their future careers.

The ATN also welcomes the opportunity to work with Minister Birmingham and his Parliamentary colleagues to deliver much needed policy certainty for the higher education sector through the Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education Options Paper.

“The Australian university sector underpins the nation’s third largest export sector and it is vital we have the correct settings in place to deliver stability, confidence and ensure the sector continues to thrive.”

“Any changes to higher education policy must adhere to the principles of equity, fairness and sustainability. We should be striving towards both access and excellence to drive Australia’s future prosperity.”

The ATN would also like to thank the Hon. Christopher Pyne for his work in the Industry and Education portfolios in the last Parliament and International Education Minister Senator Richard Colbeck for his work in the international education portfolio.