The paper sets ambition goals for Australian education, including Asian language and cultural studies in schools and increasing the number of top ranking universities in Australia. The former is easier to achieve, by the use of online technology.
Improving the ranking of Australian universities would appear an all but impossible task. A more realistic task would be to maintain 50% of the current ranking. Asian universities are putting considerable financial and intellectual efforts into improving the quality of their universities and there is no reason to think they will not be successful. This is not just a matter of throwing money at the problem, but also applying the same sort of quality management processes to academia which made the Japanese car industry (and more recently Korea), world beating.
ps: By coincidence, I am off to an Indonesian university next week to discuss online ICT sustainability education.
Australia in the Asian Century White Paper
- The rise of Asia
- The future of Asia to 2025
- Australia in Asia
- Outlook for Australia to 2025
- A productive and resilient Australian economy
- Building capabilities
- Operating in and connecting to growing Asian markets
- Building sustainable security in the region
- Deeper and broader relationships
- Appendix A: Asia’s resurgence
- Appendix B: Australia’s bilateral relationships with Asia
- List of figures, charts and tables
- About this publication