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Industry ‘needs bigger role’ in innovation plan

One of Australia’s top research managers has warned that the national research effort must be “less reliant” on universities – or risk undermining the quality of tertiary teaching.

The primary role of universities is to teach and their biggest impact in the innovation system is to develop talent,” the Cooperative Research Centres Association chief executive Tony Peacock told a federal policy meeting in Canberra.

Peacock said several universities had raised concerns about federal funds for teaching being diverted to research in order to  “drive reputation” and global rankings. That issue was also raised in a 2015 report by the Grattan Institute, a Melbourne-based think tank.

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