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Universities win awards for creating productive partnerships with industry: the future of higher education in Australia.

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Media Release


Dr David Kemp, MP

Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs


25 August 1999






The University of Wo llongong and Deakin University have been announced joint winners of the 1999-2000 Good Universities Guide University of the Year Award.


“Congratulations to both these universities for having the vision and foresight to work in partnership with industry to create a better and more rewarding future for their students and graduates.”


“The future success of higher education institutions depends on their ability to provide high quality service to students and the wider community. Today’s award is an acknowledgment of the work done by many universities and the outstanding achievements of two universities in particular,” said Dr Kemp.


The theme of this year’s award is Productive Partnerships between Universities and Industry .


The University of Wollongong was a winner for its outstanding work in creating research and development partnerships with industry. These partnerships include telecommunications research in partnership with Telstra, Motorola, Vodaphone and Nortel; and The Steel Institute with BHP, targetting improvements in technical, production and distributional processes.


“Links with industry of this kind are just what the Government is encouraging universities to create, and the University of Wollongong is leading by example,” said Dr Kemp.


Industry links will be further supported by the proposals in the Government’s discussion paper on research and research training, New Knowledge, New Opportunities.


Deakin University was a winner for its outstanding work in creating education and training partnerships with industry. Its corporate partners include Coles Supermarkets, Ford Australia, and the ANZ Bank. It also has partnerships with professional associations, such as the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA) and the Australian Society for Certified Practising Accountants.


“It is important for universities to be responsive to the needs of employers, and Deakin is showing how it can be done,” said Dr Kemp.


The announcement of the Good Universities Guide today previews the announcement to be made on December 1 of the Australian Awards for University Teaching that will recognise outstanding individual university teachers.


Media contact:

Samantha Herron  0412 639 754 or 02 6277 7460



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