Education & Research Sector

WRI's team of analysts and associates work with universities, vocational education providers, and research institutes to understand their impacts on skills, human capital, research, economic activity and industry development, and to provide deep insight into market, employment and strategic trends.

A sample of our recent work is set out below.

Skillset Economic and Human Capital Impact

WRI completed the economic and human capital impacts of Skillset providing materials for internal and external uses including corporate planning, assessment of the value of programs within Skillset’s suite of offerings and material useful for marketing and tender application processes.

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Economic Impact Report

WRI was commissioned by Charles Sturt University (CSU) to undertake an analysis of their economic impact for 2016. A similar study was conducted in 2011 and 2015 by WRI. The aim of the study was to estimate the economic impact of the operations of CSU and the expenditure of non-local students on the regions of the university’s main New South Wales campuses.

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Ballarat Technology Park Economic Impact

WRI completed a bespoke model for Federation University and IBM Australia of the economic impact of the Ballarat Technology Park. This report was provided with a major tenant individually identified and its impact assessed in addition to the overall impact of the Park.

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WRI was commissioned by James Cook University (JCU) to estimate the impact of JCU for 2011. The assessment measured the impact on the local and adjacent economies in terms of gross regional product (GRP), household income and full-time equivalent employment (FTE). The estimates include the impact of expenditure associated with university operations, expenditure resulting from staff salaries and student expenditure. The study also includes estimates of the value of the contribution of JCU to the stock of human and intellectual capital.