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What is the purpose of our universities?



Australia’s universities need to spend less time focussing on research and international students, and more time improving and safeguarding the educational experience of those here at home. 

This was the message given by Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge in a speech at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference last week. 

Tudge, quite rightly, reminded universities that they were “initially established for one purpose: to educate Australians”. He said, further: “In the past several months, I have had almost every Vice-Chancellor talk to me about research and international students, but not many talk to me about their ambitions for Australian students.” 

The minister makes an excellent, and…

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