Merger delay could be costly, but student doubts linger
A parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise the merger of the universities of Adelaide and South Australia has also heard both could suffer “irreparable consequences” if the merger was delayed.
The universities reached a historic deal with the state government in July, to join forces and become one of the largest educators of tertiary students in the country. They have set a January 2026 deadline to open a joint ‘Adelaide University’ to domestic and international students. But University of South Australia Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd said the proposed merger could not go ahead unless state parliament passed new laws by early next year.
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