MEDIA RELEASE www.run.edu.au 11 April 2023 - REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES PROPOSE BOLD REFORMS FOR
11 April 2023
Executive Director Alec Webb said RUN’s submission to the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Accord Panel would signal the most dramatic and long overdue pivoting of tertiary policy towards the regions in Australia’s history led by the development of a Universal Higher Education Service Obligation. [...] “RUN advocates for the Commonwealth to adopt a Universal Higher Education Service Obligation that recognises all Australians, regardless of postcodes or background, deserve access to the life changing benefits of higher education and enable regional universities to continue providing the life changing impacts of higher education. [...] “RUN’s bold policy reforms argue that modern Australia – including its regions – has now reached a threshold of prosperity and technological capability where it is now both viable and overdue for the access and opportunities of university studies to be equitably distributed to all citizens, not just those living within reach of major capital cities. [...] Charles Sturt University | CQUniversity Australia | Federation University Australia | Southern Cross University | University of New England | University of Southern Queensland | University of Sunshine Coast RUN is advocating for a broad suite of targeted reforms as part of the Commonwealth’s Accord process that seek to lift the participation and success rates of underrepresented groups – which inc. [...] • A research and workforce transition fund that seeks to build regional Australia’s understanding of, and ability to respond to, the opportunities and challenges of the net zero energy transition.