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Peak university body releases corporate strategy

Universities Australia, the peak body representing the sector, has released a “corporate plan” detailing how it will help enhance the university system.

The plan outlines the drivers for the work of the university body through to 2013, and follows on from the organisation’s inaugural 2008-10 plan.

“The plan will help ensure that the body continues to play a vital role, publically representing the interests of its 39 member universities,” said Glenn Withers, Universities Australia CEO, in a statement on 20 October.

“With the guidance of this plan, Universities Australia will continue to advance and promote the benefits of Australian universities to the nation, while providing them with the support they need to perform their crucial roles,” he said.

The plan sets out the immediate priorities for the sector, which include: working towards positive outcomes from the Review of Higher Education Base Funding; contributing to policy reform in visa administration and state government support issues; monitoring the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA); improving and supporting the student experience, including services, amenities, accommodation and safety.