Their opening argument is very impressive. In short, we the 24 elite research-intensive, world-class universities are all unique institutions that share three distinguishing characteristics;

  • a commitment to maintaining the very best research
  • an outstanding teaching and learning experience
  • unrivalled links with business and the public sector

It is difficult to argue against the overall message. That being the case, why on Earth are not the other 100 plus universities doing the same.

Being at the forefront of knowledge is too often not synonymous with effective teaching and learning. Being a good teacher and being at the knowledge frontier may have correlation but lack causality. Having close ties with industry is a win for graduating students who will be well positioned to gain employment, a win for universities in the form of problems to solve and funding and, organisations have a relatively cost effective pool of problem solvers.

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Written by Simone Pantlitz