Environmental Scan 2019

 

The University of Queensland's Environmental Scan facilitates the compilation and sharing of relevant data about the higher education environment in which we operate. The information included in the Scan. can be used to assist decision making, and inform and support general University operations.

 

 

The Australian Higher Education Sector



Australia’s higher education system is ranked an impressive third globally according to the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings published in 2018. The sector is comprised of public and private universities, Australian branches of overseas universities, and other non-university higher education providers, totalling 168 registered providers.

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Higher Education Policy & Funding



The majority of Australia’s higher education funding is administered under the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003, including measures such as the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) and Commonwealth Scholarships.

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International Education Policy



Recognised as one of the super growth industries in Australia, International Education has a range of Government policies, groups and initiatives supporting growth and the streamlining of processes. The National Strategy for International Education 2025 is supplemented by the Australian International Education (AIE) 2025 roadmap and the Global Alumni Engagement Strategy.

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Research Performance, Policy & Funding



The Department of Education and Training (DET) administers and is responsible for several research programs and strategies such as the Research Support Program (RSP) and the Research Training Program (RTP), while the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) encourages collaboration between research and business through initiatives such as the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) program.

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Financial Environment



Across 39 Australian publically funded universities, the total operating revenue for higher education activities was $31.5 billion in 2017 (excluding vocational education and training activities). For UQ, in 2018 public funding represented 58 percent of UQ’s total income, and as such is one of the most critical income streams.

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Recent Strategic Direction & Developments at Other Universities



Staying relevant and adapting to an environment of continually evolving technologies and shifting financial, social and political climates are common themes influencing every Australian university’s direction, with each institution developing strategies to realise and implement their unique vision.

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UQ within Australia's Higher Education Sector



The University of Queensland is a highly comprehensive public university which takes pride in its position as one of the premier, broad-based, research intensive universities in Australia. A member of the Group of Eight (Go8) and Universitas 21 (U21), various rankings highlight UQ’s exemplary performance as an institution and across a range of disciplines.

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UQ’s Strategic Direction & Developments



The University’s Strategic Plan 2018–2021 articulates the vision, mission and values of The University of Queensland, together with the long-term objectives and medium-term strategic focus areas. The Plan coexists alongside the UQ St Lucia Campus Master plan, Student Strategy and other sub-plans and strategies.

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Human Resources at UQ



A key element of ensuring the future competitiveness of the University is strategic workforce design, ensuring high performing staff are attracted and retained; reward and recognition is appropriately utilised; and an increasingly diverse and inclusive workforce is realised.

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Indigenous Engagement at UQ



Indigenous-focused strategies are embedded strongly in UQ’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, including a specific Key Performance Indicator requiring ‘an increase in the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students within UQ’. Another focus of the Indigenous Engagement Portfolio is the implementation of the University’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launched in December 2018.

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UQ’s Industry Engagement



The UQ Strategic Plan 2018–2021 outlines the University’s aspirations to grow and strengthen our collaborative partnerships with industry networks both locally and on the international stage.

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UQ’s International Strategic Partnerships



UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E) is responsible for the strategic development and coordination of international partnerships, agreements, scholarships and global programs designed to extend the reputation of the University and support its vision of knowledge leadership for a better world.

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International Student Market



Australia’s third largest export behind iron ore and coal, international education makes a sizeable contribution to UQ’s income stream and diverse campus culture, with market-diversification an ongoing objective seeking to promote financial sustainability and the student experience.

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Domestic Undergraduate Market



UQ’s Domestic QTAC first preferences declined by 1% overall, including within UQ’s target market1 of OP1-12 undergraduate applicants. However, UQ’s 1% drop in OP 1-12 first preferences was against a 4% drop in the market and so UQ’s market share increased to 30%.

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