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Institute to promote leadership in higher education

1 May 2007

Leaders in Australia’s higher education system will benefit from the establishment of the L H Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, with $10 million in funding announced today by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

“The Martin Institute will be established at the University of Melbourne and will provide a new national focus for enhancing the quality of higher education leadership, management and governance in Australia,” Minister Bishop said.

“Through this initiative, the Australian Government is able to directly support the professional development of the next generation of Australia’s higher education leaders.

“Proposed by the University of Melbourne, the Martin Institute involves direct collaboration with Victoria University and the University of New England, and an advisory council that includes representatives from Innovative Research Universities Australia, the Australian Technology Network, the Group of Eight universities and the Australian Council for Private Education and Training. The Institute will involve a high level of cross-sectoral collaboration with TAFE and other vocational education and training providers and the private higher education sector.

“The higher education sector operates in a highly competitive national and global environment. It needs leaders and managers with the skills to make strategic decisions to ensure our universities and colleges are dynamic organisations with

the capacity to embrace change.”

Funding will be provided from the Australian Government’s Workplace Productivity Programme, which aims to improve productivity and performance in the higher education sector through strengthened management, leadership and governance capability.

The Martin Institute is named after Professor L H Martin (1900-1983), the first Chairman of the Australian Universities Commission and author of the Martin Commission Report (1965) that led to the further expansion of Australia’s higher education system.

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727

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