The 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University rankings shows Australian universities continue to improve in world rankings, but face increasing competition from Asian universities.
“The need for reform has never been clearer. The Times rankings are a clarion call to the Senate to support the Government’s higher education changes or risk condemning our universities to a slow decline,” the Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne said.
“Last year there were 20 Asian universities in the top 200. This year there are 24. Over the same period only one additional Australian university entered the top 200,” Mr Pyne said.
“The Government wants to ensure Australian universities can continue to produce the very best teaching and research while remaining competitive internationally.
“The Government is not alone, Universities Australia, the Australian Technology Network universities, the Innovative Research Universities, the Regional Universities Network, and the Group of Eight universities all agree the Senate needs to support reform,” he said.
“Our reforms will be a win for Australian students and for the hundreds of thousands of Australians, many in regional areas, whose jobs depend upon the strength of Australia’s $15 billion international education industry,” Mr Pyne said.