Enrolments at Australian universities increased 56% in 2002-2015, but only 32% in STEM due to a crash of 23% in IT numbers.
Taken separately the sciences and engineering appear to fare better than average, with growth of 67% and 73%. However, this better than average performance is due entirely to overseas student enrolments. Take them out, and domestic student enrolments increased only by the university average of 56% in the sciences. In engineering the increase is well below, at 43%.
These figures and much more are contained in the report, STEM in Australia: The statistical patterns of university science and technology in the twenty-first century, the latest in a series by Dr Ian Dobson, commissioned by the ACDS. You can find the whole report, or the entire series on our Publications page.
The 2017 ACDS AGM was held at the Mercure Hotel Broadway, Sydney on October 23 and 24. It included a tour of the University of Sydney’s NanoScience Hub on the afternoon of the 23rd, followed by dinner at Darling Harbour at the Adria Bar Restaurant.
The AGM opening address was given by David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International Cluster, DET, speaking on, among other things, research impact and industry engagement. It was then followed by a high profile panel, that included Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, discussing building effective industry connections.
On Wednesday 23 August, Universities Australia released an analysis showing that science would bear a larger proportion of the impact of proposed cuts to the higher education budget.
Yesterday the ACDS released our response to this analysis, supporting Universities Australia’s call on Parliament and the Senate to rethink the proposed cuts.
We believe that the proposed cuts would seriously undermine Australia’s efforts to prepare its young people and its economy for the future.
The full statement is available here.
25 – 26 September 2017 – Novotel Sydney Central
As agreed in the ACDS Strategic Plan, the Australian Council of Deans of Science is convening a national network of research organisational leaders in Australia’s science faculties and schools. It is open to Deans, Associate Deans Research, Research Training, and allied leadership roles such as those involved in business development and industry engagement.
The September 25-26 Forum is the network inaugural event.
The Forum will include presentations from the acting CEO of the ARC, members of the ACOLA Review into postgraduate training, and prominent industry leaders. Key topics are industry engagement, research impact and the changing nature of the PhD. There will be panel discussions with industry leaders and a showcase of examples of systematic university science-industry engagement.