Murdoch welcomes higher education blueprint

July 26, 2017

The State Government's priorities for higher education align with Murdoch University's

The State Government's priorities for higher education align with Murdoch University's

Murdoch University has welcomed a new higher education plan prioritising international student recruitment.

The new Western Australian (WA) State Government unveiled its priorities for higher education at a CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) event in Perth recently.

The WA Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Sue Ellery, said innovation, collaboration and Brand WA/Brand Perth were key parts of their vision, with international education a priority.

Murdoch Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart, was among a panel of Vice Chancellors from Western Australian universities to speak at the event.

He was pleased the State Government’s priorities aligned with Murdoch’s and called for smart marketing of the state internationally as an exciting place to be educated.

“We have world class talent in key areas of research and teaching across all WA universities, and we need to celebrate this through our marketing to help us attract students from the Asia Pacific and Indo Pacific regions particularly,” he said.

Referring to the abolition and replacement of the 457 visa in March 2018, Professor Taggart said the changes had been challenging for WA universities looking to recruit students and staff internationally.

“Employment opportunities are integral to attracting and retaining international students so we have to make visa processes easier to support their transition from student to employee,” he said.

“We need to offer the prospect of settlement and a better life for people who can contribute.

“On the upside, work integrated learning and post study rights need to be foregrounded in WA for our students.”

Professor Taggart also welcomed Minister Ellery’s discussion of the importance of collaboration with industry and between WA universities at the event.

“As an internationally-networked university working on globally relevant problems like human and animal health, food security and sustainable development, collaboration in our research and teaching is vital,” he said.

“We need specific support from the State Government to establish and support collaborations with government agencies, industries and communities.

“This might mean a hub and spokes approach to excellence, where key areas of development for the state are identified and built through investment and collaboration to become the best in world. This might mean identifying the key strengths for each University and investing accordingly.

“This will help us to deliver on the social and innovation mandate expected of higher education institutions.”

The CEDA event took place at the Hyatt Regency.

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