Students to be spared higher fees
UNIVERSITY students will be spared the prospect of higher fees after the Gillard government has rejected a landmark review's call to boost university funding.
Releasing its long-awaited response to a major report on higher education funding, the government made it clear it opposed a general increase in base support for each university place, despite its expert panel arguing the move would improve the quality of teaching.
Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans ruled out increasing student contributions. He said the government wanted to avoid ''greatly increased debt to burden young people well into their working lives''.
Universities Australia called the response ''a disappointing dismissal'' of findings that public investment in universities was too low. ''Since the release of the report in late 2011, when its author said 'the time is right' for university funding reform, the sector has watched as a further $1 billion has been stripped from university research programs,'' Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson said.