Innovative Research Universities
|Innovative Research Universities|
|Chair||Professor Barney Glover,
Charles Darwin University
|Executive Director||Conor King|
Innovative Research Universities (IRU), formerly Innovative Research Universities Australia, is a network of seven comprehensive universities committed to conducting research of national and international standing.
The network advises the government on higher education, research and innovation policy; shares knowledge, experiences and insights to achieve best practice in teaching, research and operations; and creates opportunities for students and other stakeholders through collaboration and partnership.
|University||Location||Founded||University Status||THE World University Rankings 2013-14||Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013||QS World University Rankings 2013/14||QS Top 50 under 50 2013||THE 100 under 50 2013|
|Charles Darwin University||Darwin, NT||2004||2004||351-400||Not Ranked||471-480||Not Ranked||77|
|Flinders University||Adelaide, SA||1966||1966||Not Ranked||301-400||431-440||46||71|
|Griffith University||Brisbane, Gold Coast, QLD||1971||1971||Not Ranked||301-400||341=||Not Ranked||86|
|James Cook University||Townsville, Cairns, QLD||1970||1970||Not Ranked||301-400||351||Not Ranked||Not Ranked|
|La Trobe University||Melbourne, VIC||1964||1967||Not Ranked||401-500||390=||Not Ranked||88|
|Murdoch University||Perth, WA||1973||1973||301-350||Not Ranked||551-600||Not Ranked||57|
|The University of Newcastle||Newcastle, NSW||1951||1965||251-275||301-400||298||26||40|
In 2003, a group of universities sharing common origins established a collaborative network for the purpose of enhancing the outcomes of higher education.
Each were established as research-intensive universities during the 1960s and 1970s, a dynamic period characterised by massive expansion in higher education and extensive innovation in educational design and delivery - hence, the network name of 'Innovative Research Universities'.
The founding universities included Flinders University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University and The University of Newcastle.
Macquarie University joined the network as the sixth member until 2008 when they decided to leave the network.
James Cook University joined in 2007, followed by Charles Darwin University in 2009 resulting in the current seven members.
Members of the IRU are all research-intensive institutions with international reputations and world-leading expertise in their specialist fields. Six members are ranked in the world’s top 500 universities by the QS World University Rankings 2013/14, with some achieving rankings in the top 100-300 in specific subject areas. Central to our shared ethos is an emphasis on conducting high quality cross-disciplinary research recognised for its impact and relevance to the critical challenges and opportunities facing regional, national and international communities. The group collectively attracts A$310 million per annum in research funding from national research agencies, industry and public sector agencies including local and state governments, rising to A$450 million when performance-based government block grants are included. The members are core partners in half of all Australian Co-operative Research Centres (CRCs). The CRC Program links researchers with industry and government, and emphasises research application.