Friday, February 6, 2009

Universities receive $73 million for teaching and learning

A total of 32 Australian universities will share more than $73.14 million for excellence and improvement in teaching and learning, the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard announced today.

The successful universities have been recognised for their achievements as part of the Australian Government’s 2009 Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.

In 2009 the fund will reward more universities than ever before. This follows the Rudd Government’s decision to introduce an improvement component, which recognises universities for improving their teaching and learning performance over time.

Under the previous Liberal government, only universities with the very best outcomes were eligible to receive funding with Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.

As a result only a few, mainly prestigious universities received funding and little, if anything, went to regional and less well resourced universities.

The introduction of the improvement focus has meant that some universities were eligible for funding for the first time, while universities that have achieved excellence in learning and teaching continue to be rewarded.

This year, Central Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Southern Queensland will receive funding from the LTPF for the first time.

The University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, the Australian National University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Technology, Sydney were singled out for honourable mentions in the excellence category. The University of Southern Queensland is to be congratulated for receiving funding for excellence for the first time.

Higher education reform is a key element of the Rudd Government’s Education Revolution.

Already, the Rudd Government has delivered $500 million to our universities through the Better Universities Renewal Fund. The Rudd Government has also announced a further $1.6 billion for higher education and vocational education and training infrastructure.

Further information about the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund:
2009 Learning and Teaching Performance Fund Total Funding Allocations

Written by Julia Gillard

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