Alumni and Invitation Only Reception and Book Launch: Allies in Excellence

Alumni and Invitation-only Reception and Book Launch: Allies in Excellence

Monday, 15 April 2019 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Australian Embassy  1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036-2274 

The Group of Eight (Go8) represent Australia’s leading, research-intensive universities. Seven of our members are in the world’s top 100 universities and all Go8 members are ranked in the world’s top 150 universities; in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Times Higher Education Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS). 

The Chair of the Go8, Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, will be travelling to Washington in April. She will be accompanied by the Chief Executive of the Go8, Ms Vicki Thomson, Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre and Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the Australian National University’s College of Asia & The Pacific.  

As a valued Go8 alumnus, we would be delighted if you could join us at a reception at the Australian Embassy to launch a publication celebrating our longstanding and excellent research relationships.  

The book, Allies in Excellence, showcases examples of high quality research projects produced in collaboration between a Go8 and United States partner, that are having real and measurable benefits to people in both our countries. Copies will be available for attendees at the launch. 

RSVP by email to no later than Tuesday April 10th. 


Background Brief 
The Go8 enjoys extensive research relationships with elite institutions across the United States, including 37,138 co-publications between a Go8 and United States partner during 2015-2018, and around Aus$170 million worth of funding from United States Government sources between 20142018. Key funders of Go8 research include the National Insitutes of Health ($39.9 million) and the US Department of Defense, with 109 grants bestowed. We also enjoy a strong relationship with the American Association of Universities (AAU). 
Go8 Commitment to Excellence:  
• Each year the Go8 spends Aus$6.4 billion on research - $2 billion of that is spent on medical and health services research. 
• Go8 industry funding for research is twice that of the rest of the sector combined. 
• 99 per cent of Go8 research is world class or above. 
• Seven Go8 members are ranked in the world’s top 100 universities.  
• Half of all research completions in Australia are from a Go8 university. 
• The Go8 receives two-thirds of all industry research funding to universities. 
• Australia has 39 public universities and the Go8 represents Australia’s eight leading research-intensive universities. 
• The Go8 has educated more than 80 per cent of the Australian-educated Chief Executives of the nation’s top companies. 
• The Go8 provides Australia with 100,000 quality graduates each year. 
• The Go8 has some 31,000 research students.