New Ministers Bring New Opportunities For Higher Education

20 September 2015

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) today welcomed the Prime Minister’s focus on innovation, science and greater collaboration between universities and business.

The Government’s prioritisation of innovation policy through the Prime Minister’s new ministerial team provides great oppportunity for Australia’s higher education sector.

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said higher education policies must be considered through the prism of innovation and entrepreneurialism because existing policies have seen Australia fall well behind the OECD.

“Collaboration will allow Australian businesses to innovate by becoming more efficient, growing new markets and developing new products to create new jobs and allow Australia to remain internationally competitive in the wake of the slowing mining sector.

“To ensure we have a truly innovative higher education sector we must better integrate our universities with industry. To succeed, we need to reward engaged research with industry and end-users as well as publications and citations.

“ATN’s member universities; University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, Curtin University, QUT and University of South Australia are all committed to producing industry-ready and enterprising graduates with the skills to thrive in and create jobs for the future.

“The ATN’s strong ties to industry already help deliver real world research with real world impact. 70% of our research income for the last five years has come from industry and our partnerships with industry have also lead to an enhanced student experience.

The ATN has laid out a road map to achieve these objectives, outlined in the PwC report “Innovate and Prosper” produced with the Australian Industry Group, earlier this year.

“The ATN looks forward to working with the new Ministers to help achieve the new innovation agenda."

Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038