• AFR Higher Education Summit

    Uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

    28-29 August 2018
    The Langham Melbourne

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Overview

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Uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

The Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit returns in August, bringing together the sectors’ most esteemed and exciting thought-leaders and disruptors to discuss the future of higher education in Australia.

With the incisive, independent style it is known for, the summit will once again interrogate prevailing Higher Education policies and practices, and showcase true, transformational innovation from Australia and abroad – all with an eye to uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

In 2018, we field the most influential global perspectives from international guests: How does Australia’s sector currently fit into OECD and globally competitive profiles for ‘efficient’ Higher Ed institutions, and what collaborative and cross-sector partnerships and policy agreements underwrite the success stories?

But we also contribute fine-grained regional and national coverage in a time of new uncertainties: How should we understand the unique opportunities and dependencies of our international student tourism boom? What are the corollaries for student experience, and for a renewed commitment to equitable and high-class tuition, in a changing world? And in a rapidly evolving job market, what are the new approaches to job-readiness for graduates?

The AFR Higher Eduation Awards also returns this year with a diverse complement of judges to honour the most impressive – and often under-the-radar – contributions across ten categories of excellence to the Higher Ed space.

Agenda

8:50

Welcome address

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in- Chief, The Australian Financial Review
Colette Rogers, Higher Education National Partner, Deloitte

9:15

Key issues for the sector

Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia
Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review
Vicki Thomson, CEO, Go8
Andrew Norton, Program Director of Higher Education, Grattan Institute
Facilitator: Joanne Gray, Managing Editor, The Australian Financial Review

10:00

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Higher Education for a cosmopolitan age of smart machines: the NYU experiment

Prof. Jeffrey Lehmann, Inaugural Vice-Chancellor, NYU Shanghai

GLOBAL CONTEXTS

10:30

PANEL SESSION | The China market more valuable yet riskier than ever

Facilitator: Lisa Murray, Senior Writer and former China Correspondent, Australian Financial Review
James Leibold, Associate Professor, Asian Studies, LTU
Prof. Jeffrey Lehmann, Inaugural Vice-Chancellor, NYU Shanghai
Prof. Michael Wesley, Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
Vera Ou-Young, Partner, National Chinese Services Group Leader, Deloitte

11:10

Networking and refreshment break

11:30

PANEL SESSION | Australian-ASEAN Mobility. Have we overlooked Higher Ed opportunities with our South-East Asian neighbours?

Facilitator: Angus Grigg, National Affairs Correspondent and former China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
Supachai Yavaprabhas, Founding Director, ASEAN University Network
Michael Fay, Executive Director, ASEAN Focus Group VG
Prof. S. Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University
Dr Avery Poole, Assistant Director, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne

EFFICIENCIES

12:10

New findings on the efficiencies frontiers of Australia’s University sector

Prof. Keith Houghton, Emeritus Professor, Principal and Chief Academic Strategist, Research Coaching Australia

12:40

EFFICIENCIES DEBRIEF | What will 2020 bring in terms of Higher Ed performance measures?

Prof. Danny Samson, Professor of Management, University of Melbourne
Conor King, CEO, Innovative Research Universities
Facilitator: John Ross, Asia Pacific Editor, Times Higher Education

13:10

Lunch and networking break

THE VET CRISIS

14:10

Australia’s VET Crisis – In search of a framework

Facilitator: Robert Bolton, Education Editor, Australian Financial Review
Prof. Peter Noonan, Professorial Fellow, Centre for Research on International Education Systems, Victoria University
Mary Faraone, CEO, Holesglen Institute; Chair, TAFE Directors Australia
Fran Thorn, Strategic Advisor, Deloitte
Jennifer Westacott, CEO, Business Council of Australia

TRANSITIONS IN THE AUSTRALIAN HIGHER ED LANDSCAPE

14:50

Schools – Are they adequately preparing students for Higher Education?

— Gaming the system – can you rig the ATAR?
— The STEM crisis. Are schools teaching it right?
— Evidence based practices in the classroom

Facilitator: Michael Bleby, Senior Writer, The Australian Financial Review
Emeritus Prof. John Halsey, Author of Independent Report on
Remote, Rural and Regional Education, Flinders University
Blaise Joseph, Policy Analyst, Centre for Independent Studies
Joanne Wastle, Principal, Glen Waverley Secondary College

15:30

Transitions into universities: are the pathways broken?

Megan O’Connell, Director, Mitchell Institute
Professor Romy Lawson, Provost, Murdoch University
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Western Sydney University
Facilitator: Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

16:10

Networking and refreshment break

16:30

Bridging the employability disconnect – a multi stakeholder approach, aligning students, universities and industry

Katea Gidley, Managing Director, Career Ahead

17:00

Transitions out of universities: graduate employability

Jenny Lambert, Director of Employment, Education & Training, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sam Sheppard, Chief Human Resource Officer and National Partner, Deloitte
Prof Nick Wailes, Director, AGSM
Facilitator: Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

17:30

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

8:20

Opening remarks from the Chair

Joanne Gray, Managing Editor, The Australian Financial Review

8:30

Higher Education for a changing world: ensuring the 100 year life is a better life

Colette Rogers, Higher Education National Partner, Deloitte

8:50

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Research and Higher Education. How do Australian universities remain globally competitive?

Prof. Ian Jacobs, President and Vice Chancellor, UNSW and Chair of the Board, Group of Eight Australia

9:20

A view from the out door

Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor, The University of Melbourne

9:45

FEDERAL OPPOSITION ADDRESS

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition

10:20

Networking and refreshment break

EQUITY, ACCESS & RETENTION

10:40

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Achieving success in university access and equity. Lessons learnt from the US, Colombia, and Africa

Prof. Walter Allen, Distinguished Professor of Education, Sociology, and African American Studies, UCLA, USA

11:05

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | How has the UIA increased low income graduates by 29% (year on year), and galvanized a movement for innovative student success

Dr. Bridget Burns, Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance, USA

11:30

Advances in Student Recruitment – Data Informed Approaches to Connecting with Future Students

Emerging technologies are enabling the Higher Education sector to better engage with future students more cost effectively. Hear about UWA’s journey in adopting new technologies resulting in more informed approaches to connecting with their future students, both domestic and international.

Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) University of Western Australia
David Goad, Head of IoT/AI, Ignia, an Insight Company

11:55

Interview with Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland

Facilitator: Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

COORDINATING LEADERSHIP

12:20

VC’s PANEL | Addressing the key challenges facing institutions today

Facilitator: Edmund Tadros, Accounting and Consulting Editor, The Australian Financial Review
Prof. Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle
Prof. John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University
Prof. Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Western Australia

13:00

Lunch & networking break

FINANCING & FUNDING

13:50

PANEL | Financing and Funding the Higher Education sector

— Borrowing capacity
— Financial instruments
— Governance

Facilitator: Ben Potter, Senior Writer, Australian Financial Review
Philip Marcus Clark AM, Advisory Council Member, JP Morgan
Prof. Justin Beilby, Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University
Anthony Walker, Director Sovereign and International Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings

14:30

INTERVIEW | Where does Australia sit within emerging OECD trends?

Facilitator: John Ross, Asia Pacific Editor, Times Higher Education
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD (live via video link)

REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES

14:50

Regional Universities: the pressing task of strengthening regional pathways and innovation

Prof. Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University
Prof. Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President, Federation University Australia
Dr. Caroline Perkins, Inaugural Executive Director, Regional Universities Network
Facilitator: Theo Psychogios, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

15:30

Afternoon networking & refreshment break

TEACHING & LEARNING

15:50

PANEL | What do students want from educators in the classroom, and how to facilitate great teaching?

A look at how merit-based performance indicators can level the playing field of incentives alongside research impact.

Prof. John Croucher AM, Professor of Actuarial Studies and Data Analytics, Macquarie University
Prof. Doune Macdonald, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), University of Queensland
Professor Ian Solomonides, Vice-President Learning & Teaching, Victoria University
Facilitator: Kirsten Bright, Higher Education Strategy Manager, Deloitte Australia

16:30

Next Gen Education and the digital student experience

Facilitator: Yolanda Redrup, Technology Journalist, The Australian Financial Review
Prof. Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) and Director, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne
Prof. Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Education and Students), University of Technology Sydney
Rob Overend, Digital Strategy and Innovation Partner, Deloitte

17:10

Closing remarks from the Chair and Close of Summit

Speakers

The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Prof. Jeffrey Lehmann
Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai

Dr. Bridget Burns
Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance, USA

Prof. Walter Allen
Distinguished Professor of Education, Sociology, and African American Studies, UCLA

Philip Marcus Clark AM
Advisory Council Member, JP Morgan

Peter Varghese AO
Chancellor, The University of Queensland

Prof. Ian Jacobs
President and Vice Chancellor, UNSW and Chair of the Board, Group of Eight Australia

Professor Dawn Freshwater
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Professor Glyn Davis
Vice Chancellor, The University of Melbourne

Prof. S. Bruce Dowton
Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

Prof. Adam Shoemaker
Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Professor John Dewar
Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

Prof. Jane den Hollander
Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

Professor Caroline McMillen
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Professor Helen Bartlett
Vice-Chancellor and President, Federation University Australia

Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

Professor Ian Solomonides
Vice-President Learning & Teaching, Victoria University

Prof. Justin Beilby
Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University

Mary Faraone
Mary Faraone, CEO, Holesglen Institute; Chair, TAFE Directors Australia

Jennifer Westacott
CEO, Business Council of Australia

Catriona Jackson
CEO, Universities Australia

Andrew Norton
Program Director of Higher Education, Grattan Institute

Michael Stutchbury
Editor-in- Chief, The Australian Financial Review

James Leibold
Associate Professor, Asian Studies, La Trobe University

Professor Shirley Alexander
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Education and Students), University of Technology Sydney

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Western Sydney University

Prof Kent Anderson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) University of Western Australia

Vera Ou-Young
Partner, National Chinese Services Group Leader, Deloitte

Lisa Murray
Senior Writer and former China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

Colette Rogers
Higher Education National Partner, Deloitte

Vicki Thomson
CEO, Go8

Supachai Yavaprabhas
Founding Director, ASEAN University Network

Michael Fay
Executive Director, ASEAN Focus Group

Dr. Avery Poole
Assistant Director, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne

Prof. Keith Houghton Emeritus Professor
Principal and Chief Academic Strategist, Research Coaching Australia

Prof. Danny Samson
Professor of Management, The University of Melbourne

Conor King
CEO, Innovative Research Universities

Robert Bolton
Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Prof. Peter Noonan
Professorial Fellow, Centre for Research on International Education Systems, Victoria University

Fran Thorn
Strategic Advisor, Deloitte

Emeritus Prof. John Halsey
Author of Independent Report on Remote, Rural and Regional Education, Flinders University

Prof. Michael Wesley
Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University

Megan O’Connell
Director, Mitchell Institute

Professor Romy Lawson
Provost, Murdoch University

Katea Gidley
Managing Director, Career Ahead

Jenny Lambert
Director of Employment, Education & Training, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Joanne Gray
Managing Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Sam Sheppard
Chief Human Resource Officer and National Partner, Deloitte

Ben Potter
Senior Writer, The Australian Financial Review

David Goad
Head of IoT/AI, Ignia, an Insight Company

John Ross
Asia Pacific Editor, Times Higher Education

Anthony Walker
Director Sovereign and International Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Dr. Caroline Perkins
Inaugural Executive Director, Regional Universities Network

Prof. John Croucher AM
Professor of Actuarial Studies and Data Analytics, Macquarie University

Joanne Wastle
Principal, Glen Waverley Secondary College

Prof. Doune Macdonald
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), University of Queensland

Yolanda Redrup
Technology Journalist, The Australian Financial Review

Prof. Gregor Kennedy
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) and Director, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

Prof Nick Wailes
Director, AGSM

Michael Bleby
Senior Writer, The Australian Financial Review

Edmund Tadros
Accounting and Consulting Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Rob Overend
Digital Strategy and Innovation Partner, Deloitte

Angus Grigg
National Affairs Correspondent and former China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

Theo Psychogios
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Jennifer Hewett
National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

Pricing

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  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Awards Dinner $2,995 + GST

Academia and Government Rate

  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference + Awards Dinner $1,995 + GST

Awards Dinner

  • Single Ticket – $300 + GST
  • Table of Ten – $2,700 + GST

Awards

The Australia Financial Review is proud to be hosting the fourth annual AFR Higher Education Awards on Tuesday 28th August at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne. Presented by UniSuper, the Awards are an initiative to highlight at a national level the tremendous contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

The Awards will be judged by an independent panel of eminent Higher Education veterans.

The categories for 2018 are:

  • Community Engagement Award
  • Education Technology Award
  • Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by Perrett Laver.
  • Employability Award, sponsored by Career Ahead.
  • Equity and Opportunity Award
  • Facilities Innovation Award
  • Industry Engagement Award, sponsored by Deloitte.
  • International Education Award
  • Learning Experience Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper.

 

Congratulations to the shortlisted entries!

Category

Institution

Submission

Community Engagement Australian Catholic University Kicking Goals Together
Deakin University Facilitating Community Engagement through Systems Science: STICKE Software
La Trobe University La Trobe Accelerator Program
University of South Australia Aboriginal Pathway Program
Education Technology Award Charles Darwin University Projection Augmented Physical Landscapes
Deakin University Deakin Genie
OpenLearning Global Australian Innovation Powers Transformation of Vocational Education in Malaysia
University of Newcastle Road to Birth
Emerging Leader Award Deakin University Professor Emma Kowal
La Trobe University Professor Jessica Vanderlelie
RMIT University Dr Kate Fox
The University of Melbourne Dr Rita Hardiman
Employability Award Monash University Monash Talent
QUT Real World Learning: Employability
University of Southern Queensland The WiRE Program: Advancing women in rural, regional and remote enterprises
University of Technology Sydney Accomplish Award Program 2017
Equity & Opportunity Award Monash University Access Monash Mentoring Cycle
Murdoch University Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre Academic Pathways
The University of Western Australia Fairway UWA
University of Adelaide Children’s University Australia
Facilities Innovation Award Bond University The conversion of physiology and anatomy laboratories into digital learning facilities
Deakin University Enabling Effective Cloud and Located Learning through Deakin University’s RIOT Lab
Monash University Monash University – Learning and Teaching Building
RMIT University Sustainable Urban Precincts Program
Industry Engagement Award La Trobe University Autonomous Shuttle Initiative (Autonobus)
Swinburne University of Technology Siemens’ and Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Partnership
The University of Sydney Design Strategy program
UNSW Sydney The Maker Games
International Education Award Deakin University Building High Calibre Research Capability in India: DIRI Program
Monash University IITB-Monash Research Academy: A Model for Australia-India Collaboration
RMIT University Developing the Next Generation of Culturally Competent Leaders
The University of Notre Dame, Australia International Immersions: Recognising Opportunities
Learning Experience Award Deakin University Innovative Learning in the Centre For Advanced Design And Engineering Training (CADET)
RMIT University RMIT University Student Learning Adviser Mentors (SLAMs) Program enhancing learning experience
The University of Sydney Inventing the Future
UNSW Sydney UNSW Sydney Hero Program

Awards Gala Dinner

Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Savoy Ballroom
123 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel:
03 9657 1234
Pre-Dinner Drinks:
7.00pm – 7.30pm
Dinner:
7.30pm – 10.30pm
Dress Code:
Cocktail / business attire

The Winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on Tuesday 28th August. The Gala will take place at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

The evening will commence with a drinks reception, followed by dinner and the presentation of the AFR Higher Education Awards. The dress code is cocktail/business attire.

You can book individual places or tables of 10 using our online booking system ‘select BOOK NOW’. For tables of 10, you will be contacted by email prior to the event to provide your dinner guests’ details. If you have any problems with your booking, please email info@informa.com.au


We are delighted to announce Dr Susan Carland is now confirmed as MC for the 2018 AFR Higher Education Awards Gala Dinner.

Event Images

Below is a snippet of images from day one of the AFR Higher Education Summit.

To view all images across the two day summit – visit the event Flickr album.

When & Where

AFR HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT DATE & VENUE DETAILS

28-29 August 2018

The Langham Melbourne
1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: (03) 8696 8888
www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/melbourne

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