Mega-universities and mergers
The national and international landscapes of higher education are rapidly changing. In response to these changes, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia are considering merging to create a new leading university. Over the next six months, both universities will undertake consultation with staff, students and alumni. The merger would mean that the new mega-university would be able to invest $100 million a year in improving research and teaching.
This development follows a global trend as universities in Europe and the USA in recent years have increasingly merged and formed alliances. In Europe, almost 100 mergers have taken place since the beginning of the century. Merged universities can together gain higher profiles and boost global reputation while reducing administration costs and research duplication.
In this Challenge, we would like you to share your thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of university mergers, especially in the Australian context.
- Do new mergers offer an opportunity to boost research and international reputation? If so, at what cost?
- Should more universities in Australia consider mergers?
Challenge Opened: 12:52 AM, Tuesday 14 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 01:30 PM, Monday 20 August 2018
Time to go: Closed