New polling explores whether Australia's unis deliver for the nation

The Australian National University will today release new polling on the nation’s views about Australian universities and whether they deliver what the public wants from them.

The latest ANUpoll examines the attitudes of everyday Australians when it comes to universities as places of research, learning and public debate. The results will be officially launched by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC.

Key questions include whether universities are preparing Australians for the workforce; whether universities are still places to debate controversial ideas; and whether they play a pivotal role in educating people from disadvantaged or regional backgrounds.

The poll – based on a broad sample of the population – also examines academic freedom on university campuses, the place of international students in Australia and how much confidence Australians have in our universities.

Media are invited to attend the launch.


WHO: ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt   

WHAT:  Launch of ANUpoll on Australian attitudes to universities   

WHERE: Fred Gruen Economics Seminar Room, HW Arndt Building, Kingsley Street, ANU

WHEN: 10.30-11.15am

For media assistance, contact James Giggacher on 0436 803 488 or the ANU Media Team on +61 2 6125 7979 or at

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