Environmental Scan 2018

 

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 fourth globally according to the 2016 QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings. The sector is comprised of 168 registered providers, including public and private universities, Australian branches of overseas universities, and other non-university higher education 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. The Higher Education Reform Package was released on Budget night in 2017, outlining potential changes to these, and other, measures.

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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 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 National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), while the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) encourages collaboration between research and business through initiatives such as the Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) program.

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Financial Environment



Across 39 Australian publically funded universities, the total operating revenue for higher education activities was $29.6 billion in 2016 (excluding vocational education and training activities). For UQ, in 2017 public funding represented 56 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 in an environment of constantly evolving technologies, financial variability, increased competition, changes in legislation and industry, and shifting domestic and international demand is an issue effecting every Australian university. The strategic direction of each university reflects how they choose to respond to these demands and develop opportunities within their communities.

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UQ within Australia's Higher Education Sector



The University of Queensland is a highly comprehensive public university, offering 68 of 83 narrow fields of education in 2018, and taking 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



After a lengthy consultation process which commenced in 2016, The University’s Strategic Plan 2018–2021 was released earlier this year, articulating UQ’s vision, mission and values, 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



UQ is committed to attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse and inclusive community of high achieving staff, and recognises the importance of performance management systems with an effective reward and recognition framework. Currently in the midst of Enterprise Bargaining, UQ staff are supported by a robust Enterprise Agreement and an ongoing commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion.

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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 development of the University’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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UQ’s International Strategic Partnerships



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

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UQ's International 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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UQ's Domestic Undergraduate Market



Semester 1 2018 saw QTAC first preferences decrease across the university market, driven by a softening in demand amongst non-school-leavers, while applications from Queensland school-leavers remained stable.

 

Despite a reduction of UQ first preferences in Semester 2 2018 compared to the equivalent intake for 2017, UQ offers are up almost 4% compared to the same time last year.

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