Strategic plan for higher education in WA

Date: 21 September 2015

Liberal National Government and the State's five universities form strategic plan
Minister to lead delegation to China and Vietnam

Western Australia's five universities and the State Government have for the first time agreed on a strategic plan for higher education.


Education Minister Peter Collier said the Strategic Plan for Higher Education, signed today at Parliament House, would help more students to enter higher education and encouraged more international links.


"Our universities play a crucial role in preparing students for the future, and in producing research which benefits our economy and our way of life," Mr Collier said.


The Minister said the State Government and universities had many common interests, and it was essential they worked together to help secure the State's future.


Key goals of the strategic plan include:

  • increasing the percentage of Year 12 students proceeding to higher education
  • encouraging greater equity in higher education participation
  • a more integrated system of education and training at all levels
  • helping higher education institutions to build more international links.

Mr Collier will be leading a delegation of vice-chancellors and higher education officials to China and Vietnam on September 26.


"This will be a golden opportunity to develop new partnerships and encourage more students from both countries to study in WA." he said.


The State Government is also establishing a Chinese Study Scholarship program that will help two Western Australian students study at a Chinese university each year.


"At the end of each scholarship, the recipients will have developed fluency in Mandarin, and a range of academic and professional contacts that will strengthen ties between WA and China," the Minister said.


Fact File

  • A State strategic plan was recommended in the 2013 report 'Future Directions for the Role of the State in Higher Education' by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares
  • As WA universities are not directed by the State Government, this strategic plan was mutually agreed by the Government and the State's five universities - The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and Notre Dame University 
  • To view the strategic plan, visit


Minister's office - 6552 6300

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