• Higher Education Summit

    Collaboration, Alignment, Partnerships

    27-28 August 2019
    Hilton Brisbane

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Special Govt, Academia rates available // See pricing below

Overview


The Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit returns this 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 two-day Summit will once again interrogate prevailing policies and practices and showcase transformational innovation from Australia and abroad – all with a focus on uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

The 2019 agenda will feature an increased global perspective with speakers from India, China and New Zealand providing exclusive insight into Higher Education sectors abroad.

This year’s key themes and discussion topics include:

  • International Partnerships & Collaborations – Particularly with India and China
  • Mergers and Alignment
  • The Future of Research
  • Academic Freedom
  • Reviewing Post-Secondary education
  • Equity and Access

Plus, many more.

AFR Higher Education Awards 2019

The 5th Annual AFR Higher Education Awards will also return this August. Join us on 27 August 2019 at the Hilton Brisbane for a Gala Dinner honoring the most impressive contributions in the Higher Education space. Nominations are now open across 10 categories. Click here for more information.

AGENDA – PRELIMINARY DRAFT (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

8:50am

Welcome address

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

09:00am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: India’s Higher Education Landscape – The Potential and Pitfalls

  • What does India want in higher education
  • What potential does India see in Australia and what concessions are needed
  • What areas are India most interested in

Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi (India)

09:30am

PANEL: What Opportunities exist for Partnership and Collaboration with India

  • Improving Diversity, Inclusion and Access to Higher Education
  • Mobility
  • Research ventures
  • Financing

Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi
Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director, Australia India Institute. Melbourne University
Please check back for further updates

10:10am

Addressing the Shift and Decline in Number of Chinese Undergraduates

  • As China based international high schools become more popular, are Australian universities doing enough to recruit these schools’ matriculating students into their undergraduate courses?
  • Can Australia do better than our competitor study destination countries in providing genuine course related employability options to Chinese undergraduates?
  • If Australia aspires to be a top post graduate study destination country for Chinese students are we providing the most student friendly visa application procedures, the best possible student services and access to world class research opportunities?

Phil Honeywood, CEO, International Education Association of Australia

10:40am

Refreshments and Networking Break

11:10am

Exploring the Rankings Methodology

  • Understanding why the focus is so heavily placed on research
  • What are the plans to extend reach and influence globally

Jiewen Gan, Head of Data Team, Shanghai Rankings

MERGERS & ALIGNMENT

11:40am

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Lessons Learned from a Successful University Merge

12:20pm

PANEL: Do Australian Universities need to merge in order to compete globally?

  • Discussion on shared campus space
  • Join programs
  • Shared facilities
  • Greater collaboration

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, Sydney University
Jiewen Gan, Head of Data Team, Shanghai Rankings

1:00pm

Lunch and Networking

2:00pm

PANEL– Successful Global Partnerships – What We Can Learn from Clever Collaborations

Professor Peter Hoj, Vice-Chancellor, UQ
Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong

ACADEMIC FREEDOM

2:40pm

Academic Freedom Address

The Hon. Robert Shenton French AC, Chancellor, University of Western Australia

3:00pm

PANEL: What Price Freedom?

Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University (New Zealand)
The Hon. Robert Shenton French AC, Chancellor, University of Western Australia
Alison Barnes, National President, NTEU
Please check back for speaker updates

3:40pm

VICE-CHANCELLOR ROUND TABLE: Where the Opportunities lie for Australia’s Higher Education Sector over the next 10 years

Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia
Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide
Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President Western Sydney University
Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University
Please check back for speaker updates

4:20pm

IN CONVERSATION: Minister TBC

4:50pm

Close of Conference

7:00pm

AFR Higher Education Awards Ceremony

8:20am

Opening remarks

8:30am

MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE: Delivering Policy for the Future Higher Education Sector

9:20am

Bridging the Skills Gap

Representative of Deloitte

9:40am

The post-school pathways and continuous evolvement of the tertiary landscape

Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia

10:00am

PANEL: Funding post-secondary education

  • Performance Funding
  • International Ranking

Craig Robertson, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia
Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director Grattan Institute
Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia
Professor Craig Jeffrey Director of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne

10:40am

Morning Tea & Networking

11:10am

Year13’s Mind Field

Year13 has surveyed more than 12,000 young people over the past two years in order to understand their transition through high school into their lives beyond. The resulting reports, After the ATAR I & II, have uncovered some hard truths about the mental health of students throughout this transition. With over 70% of students saying they feel stressed, anxious, depressed, fearful, or frustrated while going through Year 12, it poses the question—what impact does this have on young people’s decision making processes and the opportunities and career paths they choose to pursue after school?

Saxon Phipps, Founder, Year 13

11:30am

Future of Research

Vicki Thomson, CEO, Group of Eight (Go8)

11:50am

PANEL: Metrics of Research Success

Professor Theo Farrell, Treasurer, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH)
Professor Brian Yates, Executive Dean, University of Tasmania & President, Australian Council of Deans of Science
Dr. Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, CSIRO
Professor Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor and President The University of Newcastle

12:25am

Future Outcomes Across Different Models

Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice-Chancellor, Griffith University
Please check back for speaker updates

1:15pm

Lunch

EQUITY AND ACCESS

1:50pm

PANEL: Equity Challenges for the 2020s

2:30pm

Should TEQSA Be Tougher on Attrition?

  • Attrition is not always bad, as students can benefit from trying university
  • But more can be done to protect very high-risk groups, such as part-time students
  • Specific TEQSA risk indicators on outcomes for vulnerable student groups would focus university attention on managing their risks

Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

3:00pm

Panel: Challenges facing Private Providers
Professor Justin Beilby, Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University
Professor Paul Oslington, Professor of Economics and Dean of Business, Alphacrucis College
Professor Tim Brailsford, Vice-Chancellor & President, Bond University

3:40pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:45pm

Close of Conference

2019 Speakers


Professor V. Ramgopal Rao
Director, IIT Delhi, INDIA


Jiewen Gan
Head of Data Team, Shanghai Rankings, CHINA


The Hon. Robert Shenton French AC
Chancellor, University of Western Australia


Professor Jan Thomas
Vice-Chancellor, Massey University, NEW ZEALAND


Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor, Sydney University


Professor Brian Yates
Executive Dean, University of Tasmania and President, Australian Council of Deans of Science


Professor Peter Hoj
Vice-Chancellor, UQ


Professor Barney Glover
Vice-Chancellor and President Western Sydney University

Professor Deborah Terry
Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University


Professor Paul Wellings
Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong


Professor Theo Farrell
Treasurer, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH)


Dr. Cathy Foley
Chief Scientist, CSIRO


Professor Carolyn Evans
Vice-Chancellor, Griffith University


Professor Justin Beilby
Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University


Colette Roger
National Education Lead Partner, Deloitte


Andrew Norton
Higher Education Program Director, Grattan Institute


Craig Robertson
CEO, TAFE Directors Australia


Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia


Saxon Phipps
Founder, Year13


Vicki Thomson
CEO, Group of Eight (Go8)


Professor Dawn Freshwater
Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia


Professor Craig Jeffrey
Director of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne

Catriona Jackson
CEO, Universities Australia


Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide


Alison Barnes
National President, NTEU


Professor Paul Oslington
Professor of Economics and Dean of Business, Alphacrucis College


Professor Tim Brailsford
Vice-Chancellor & President, Bond University

Pricing

Govt and Academia - Early Bird
$1,795+ GST

Package (Two Days)

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Until 30 June 2019

Govt and Academia - Standard rate
$2,095 + GST

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Awards Dinner
$310 + GST

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Standard Rate
$3,095 + GST

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Awards Dinner
$2,790 + GST

Table of 10

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General Pricing

  • Early bird – Expires by 30 June 2019
    – 2 Day Conference $2,795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference $3,095 + GST

Academia and Government Rate

  • Early bird – Expires by 30 June 2019
    – 2 Day Conference $1,795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference $2,095 + GST

Awards Dinner

  • Single Ticket – $310 + GST
  • Table of 10 – $2,790 + GST

AFR Higher Education Awards 2019

The Australia Financial Review is proud to be hosting the fifth annual AFR Higher Education Awards on Tuesday, 27th August 2019 at Hilton Brisbane.

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.

For more information and to enter, please click here

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

27-28 August 2019

Hilton Brisbane
190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
(07) 3234 2000

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