As COVID-19 continues to grip the globe, Australia’s tertiary institutions are feeling the effects of limited international student numbers and revenue on their balance sheets, with Federally proposed university fee adjustments potentially another catalyst for change. 

Many institutions are reducing their accommodation footprints and beginning to monetise assets in response and simultaneously revising learning models to cope with the pandemic. 

Despite this, they remain critical infrastructure to Australia’s future and a key piece of the life sciences puzzle which has been a rapidly emerging sector in recent years, with the overlap between education and health arguably having never been more important.