Presentation by Thomas Barlow: The Asia 100 Report - Benchmarking University Research in Oceania and East Asia (2016)
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- Over recent decades, East Asia has evolved into a powerhouse of industrial R&D, while growth in university investment has transformed the regionís capacity to generate new knowledge and ideas. Most Australian universities have benefited from these trends, maintaining strong performance in global rankings even as the number of their regional competitors has grown. But can this trajectory continue?
In a wide-ranging discussion, well-known strategist Thomas Barlow will draw upon this latest Asia 100 ranking, under which UQ is placed first, to discuss current trends in university research. In this presentation he will discuss developments in regional investment and politics, the flaws and advantages of different research rankings methodologies, measuring strengths and weaknesses, and new ways of thinking about portfolio management.
For the past decade, Thomas Barlow has been the leading independent advisor to Australian universities on research strategy. He is the publisher of The Barlow Report, which is widely used to inform strategic decision-making in Australian and East Asian institutions of higher education. He is the author of three books, including an influential book about Australian innovation, The Australian Miracle, published by Picador in 2006. Previously a columnist with the Financial Times in London, and a ministerial science advisor within the Australian Government, he has also been a research fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and a visiting fellow at MIT. Highly regarded for his independent perspective, intellectual rigour, and constructive approach, he brings a considerable breath of experience to the complex, quantitative analysis of knowledge-intensive organisations.
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