UWS to help shape future of all Australian universities

Date: 06/05/2002

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, will play an active role in deciding the future of Australia's 39 universities.

Professor Reid is one of just eight university leaders chosen to be part of the new Higher Education Reference Group established to review the Australian higher education sector.

The Group will guide the Federal Minister for Education, Dr Brendan Nelson, through the complex task of reforming the university sector.

"I believe that our experiences as an enterprising and energetic university in the largest urban region in Australia will be very beneficial to the Reference Group," Professor Reid said.

"UWS is a young university which has grown from just 7,000 students in 1989 to more than 30,000 students today. We have a very strong connection with the western Sydney region. Although we are a new university, we have quickly become an incubator for innovative, high-quality research that makes a real contribution to our region and beyond.

"It is important that the voices of the new generation of universities that includes UWS are heard by the Minister. I want to make sure that we have the necessary Government support to continue to provide first class teaching facilities for our communities and leading edge research programs."

Professor Reid said she was optimistic about the review which would help guide future planning and funding decisions for the higher education sector.

"During a recent visit to UWS the Minister showed a keen understanding of the critical issues facing universities and was particularly interested in the development and role of comprehensive, multi-campus, regional universities like UWS."

Professor Reid said the Minister has indicated that the review will be focused, consultative and encompass the views of all stakeholders.

UWS will also be making a submission to the review. Among its foci will be the role and funding of universities with an urban regional mandate, the potential for specialisation among universities, research growth and relevance, and the key issues of equity and access to university study.

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