Environmental Scan 2022

 

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 189 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



In November 2021, the Australian Government announced a 10-year strategy for international education. The strategy identifies four priority areas to support the return of international students and build a more sustainable sector in the medium term: diversification of the student cohorts; better alignment with Australia’s workforce and skills needs; enhancement of student experience; and maintaining global competitiveness.

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Research and Innovation Policy, Funding, Performance and Engagement



The Department of Education (DoE) 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, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) 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 $34.1 billion in 2020 (excluding vocational education and training activities).

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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 2022–2025 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 and other sub-plans, strategies and programs.

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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 2012-2025, including a specific Key Performance Indicator committing to ‘ensure reconciliation is business as usual through the successful development and implementation of our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and support the continued development of Indigenous excellence as defined by Indigenous peoples’.  

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UQ’s International Strategic Partnerships and International Development



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



As we enter the third year of the pandemic, we continue to face challenges in recovering from the pandemic globally. Within the higher education sector, recovery differs by country. According to Mitchell Institute, new international students in Canada, the UK and the United States have largely recovered to pre-pandemic levels. In Australia, education exports have plunged by a third due to the international border closure, with revenue dropping to $26.7bn in June 2021, down from $40.3bn recorded in calendar 2019.

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Domestic Undergraduate Market



The Sem 1 2022 first preferences across Queensland dropped 6% in 2022, predominantly driven by decline in non-school leaver applications. This follows a significant spike during the pandemic, related to economic uncertainty. Now that unemployment in Australia has declined to levels not seen in decades, non-school leaver demand is back to levels approximating those seen before the pandemic. The softening of the domestic market seen in Semester 1 has continued into Semester 2.

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