Category: australia universities

Political Interference in Australian Universities an ‘Existential Threat’: ANU Boss

Political interference in university research funding presents an “existential threat” to the tertiary sector, the head of the Australian National University (ANU) has warned. In his state of the university address on Jan. 7, ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt referenced acting Education Minister Stuart Robert’s decision on Christmas Eve to veto six research grants awarded by…


Universities Still Zooming in on Chinese Student Market

Commentary Recent reports suggest Australian universities are cash-strapped because government-mandated border closures due to the pandemic have contributed to a drop in foreign student numbers. Statistics confirm a marked reduction of students, especially those from China. Although this reduction may be due to the impact of Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions—notably the cancellation of international flights—some Chinese students may…


The Gradual Takeover of Universities by ‘Woke’ Consensus

Commentary A visit to Western universities today will lead to one finding a high degree of groupthink in a number of faculties, with barely a conservative thinker insight. One can only conclude that for years universities have limited their hiring to three types of candidates: left-leaning liberals, socialists, and radical greens. An outcome of such…


Negative Forecast for Australian University Sector: S&P Report

As the international student cohort in Australian universities shrinks and border policy continues to turn prospective new students away, the sector may experience a heavier loss this year than last, a report says. An analysis by S&P Global, which forecasts the future of the higher education sector, has said that the impact of the decreasing …


Pandemic Has Erased 17,300 University Jobs

Australia’s universities are warning further job losses are on the horizon after more than 17,000 people in the sector were left unemployed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector’s peak body, Universities Australia, estimates about $1.8 billion in revenue was lost in 2020 compared to the year before. Compared to pre-pandemic revenue for…