Posted September 02, 2018 07:21:16 The University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia and the University College of New South Wales have all been named in a damning report by the Australian Government that found the tertiary education sector is in crisis.

Key points:The report said universities are not funding as well as they should and the universities are in need of more support The report said the Government has a $15 billion budget gap for tertiary students and is taking action to tackle the problem Universities are being hit by falling enrolment and higher student debt, with enrolments at the top end of the terteter class in Australia at 12.7 per cent of the population and at the bottom at 1.3 per cent.

The report by Australian Council of the Arts, the Australian Academy of Arts and Science, and the Institute of Public Affairs said universities were in crisis and the Government needed to address the crisis.

It found the Commonwealth is “in desperate need of additional funding” to provide students with a “fair and sustainable” education.

“In the current circumstances, universities must be able to ensure that they provide the level of support they need to ensure their students are able to achieve the highest possible standards in an increasingly competitive world,” the report said.

“At the same time, the Government must act to maintain the competitiveness of the Australian tertiary system and ensure that the quality of its education is high and sustainable.”

Key points:University of Sydney president John Lang said the sector is “overburdened”The report also found that universities were not funding enough to keep up with demandThe Government said universities had a “funding gap” of $15billionThe report recommends a range of measures to help the sector.

“To ensure the most up-to-date and relevant information about university funding and the sector, the report will also recommend a range to help support the tertiaries in their task of increasing enrolment,” it said.

University of Western Victoria president Paul Salles said universities needed more money to keep pace with enrolment.

“We’ve been trying to do a lot of work, we’ve been investing in our programs, but we’ve just not got enough money to maintain our level of enrolment.”

The report found universities were underfunded by $16.8 billion.

“The sector’s current funding is not sustainable and the situation is exacerbated by the current lack of resources for universities to meet the demands of their students,” it found.

“Universities need to increase funding to meet their funding obligations, particularly for student-led programmes.”

This includes a reduction in the funding for students to support the growth of students’ participation in higher education, as well the development of new programs to enhance the quality and value of their courses.

“Universites must also make investments to boost research and development, which the report found is the biggest challenge facing universities.”

A strong research and innovation sector is crucial to the continued success of Australian universities and to the quality, integrity and affordability of higher education in Australia,” it wrote.”

University funding is the main barrier to this sector achieving this aim.

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