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Friday, 12 December 2008
In response to media interest on the proposed university mergers in NSW and the yet-to-be-released Bradley Review, Professor Kerry Cox, the Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University said "that there are more pressing issues for ECU than mergers.
ECU is travelling very well at the moment, with significantly increased interest from students in 2008 and 2009; a healthy operating surplus; and our graduates and staff enjoy considerable success around the world.
Given the size of ECU, our broad course profile and the many successful partnerships with our communities, mergers are not a priority for us.
What Australia needs as we strive to mobilise our head power is more support for the living expenses of university students; reduced HECs imposts; greater contribution to the day-to-day running costs of universities, and financial incentives to encourage universities to work "with and for" and not "on" their communities.
None of these issues will be addressed by mergers."