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Barney Glover: The time has come for a national agreement on the future of higher education

Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, writes in The Conversation (9.3.16) about the need for greater clarity and more cooperation from the federal government in its approach to funding higher education in Australia.

‘If we are as a nation serious about our intellectual development, about research and innovation, about a new economy fuelled by ideas then we need to think about education as an essential government responsibility requiring high levels of sustained investment over the long term.

‘We need to think about education as we think about the economy: the means for personal security and national prosperity. We need to think about education in the way we think about the arts: as food for the soul and as the expression of who we are as individuals and as a society.

‘That is why this debate matters. The time really has come for a national agreement on the future of higher education.’

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