• Higher Education Summit

    Collaboration, Alignment, Partnerships

    27-28 August 2019
    Hilton Brisbane

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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.

Sponsors

AGENDA

08:30

Welcome address

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

AUSTRALIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT

08:40

Keynote: Australia’s Higher Education Outlook

  • The state of and influences on university finances
  • International student numbers: outlook and implications
  • The policy landscape: what can we expect from a Morrison Government?
  • A changing economy, a changing society and a changing tertiary education sector
  • Sector consolidation: forces and prospects

John O’Mahony, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

09:00

PANEL: A Macro Look at Australia’s Higher Education Sector – Where are we heading?

Andrew Norton, Higher Education Project Director, Grattan Institute
Peter Varghese, Chancellor, UQ
Rodney Jones, Hoperidge Capital
Colette Rogers, National Leader, Education, Deloitte

THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

9:40

Addressing the Shift and Decline in Number of Chinese Undergraduates

  • Can Australia do better than our competitor study destination countries in providing genuine course related employability options to Chinese undergraduates?

Phil Honeywood, CEO, International Education Association of Australia

10:00

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)

10:30

Refreshments and Networking Break

ACADEMIC FREEDOM

11:00

Review into Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers

  • Understanding freedom of speech, academic freedom, intellectual inquiry, and freedom of expression
  • Strengthening protections through the adoption of a Code of practice – Overseas examples
  • Maintaining institutional autonomy

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

11:20

PANEL:  What Price Freedom?

  • Are we at a crisis point for academic freedom?
  • Do we need a universal code of practice, or should each institution find its own way?
  • Is it freedom or tyranny? Where is the middle ground?
  • When does free speech become hate speech?

Alison Barnes, National President, National Tertiary Education Union
The Hon. Robert Shenton French AC, Chancellor, University of Western Australia
Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University (New Zealand)

12:00

Lunch and Networking

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

13:00

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 (India)
Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director, Australia India Institute. Melbourne University
Dr. Manisha Priyam, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (India)

13:40

PANEL: Successful Partnerships – What We Can Learn From Clever Collaborations

Professor Peter Hoj, Vice-Chancellor, UQ
Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Vice-Chancellor, USQ
Michael Edwards, General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology Australia
Sean Wong, Technology and Innovation Manager, Bluescope Steel
Professor Eeva Lienonen, Vice-Chancellor, Murdoch University

14:20

Afternoon tea & Networking

MERGERS & ALIGNMENT

14:50

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | The Successful Merger of Two French Universities

Professor Jean Chambaz, President, Sorbonne University (France) *Via video link

15:20

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

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

Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Adelaide
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, Sydney University
Jiewen Gan, Head of Data Team, Shanghai Rankings (China)

16:00

Equity and University Admissions

Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW

16:20

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

Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor & Chair of the Go8, University of Western Australia
Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University
Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University
Professor Margaret Sheil, Vice-Chancellor, QUT

17:00

Close of Conference

19:00

AFR Higher Education Awards Ceremony

8:20

Opening remarks

Post-Secondary Education

8:30

MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE: Delivering Policy for the Future Higher Education Sector

Invited: The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education

9:00

Future Outcomes Across Different Models

(Presenters will be given 10 minutes each followed by a panel discussion)

Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University
Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice-Chancellor, Griffith University – Regional Opportunities

9:50

Post bachelor preferences for bridging the future skills gap

  • Who do employees think is best placed to address the skills gap?
  • What are they prepared to do to bridge this gap?
  • What changes could increase participation in accredited postgraduate study?

Colette Rogers, National Leader, Education, Deloitte

10:10

Morning Tea & Networking

10:40

Population and Participation, Performance and Post-School Pathways

  • How to enhance opportunity for Australians of all backgrounds in higher education.
  • How do Australian universities perform and what are the risks in performance funding?
  • How post-school pathways expand opportunity

Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia

11:00

PANEL: Funding Post-Secondary Education

  • Performance measurement and funding

Craig Robertson, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia
Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director Grattan Institute
Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia
Megan Lilly, Head of Workforce Development, AIGroup

11:40

What happens next? Understanding the Complexities Around Choice and PSE

Saxon Phipps, Founder, Year 13

12:00

Lunch & Networking

The Future of Research

13:00

International Keynote: 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 (CHINA)

13:30

Future of Research

Vicki Thomson, CEO, Group of Eight (Go8)

13:50

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

14:30

The University Campus of the Future – Structural Changes Require Innovative Solutions

  • How a collaborative approach can deliver transformative education infrastructure across Australia
  • Co-locating education and industry to create pathways for the leaders of tomorrow
  • Attracting talent through the provision of the best learning environments in the best locations, close to transport and amenity
  • Forging successful partnerships to deliver innovative solutions to real estate requirements

Andrew Borger, Head of Office Development Services, Charter Hall

14:50

Afternoon tea & Networking

Student Success

15:20

PANEL:  The Future of MBAs

Nick Wailes, Director, AGSM
Professor Julie Cogin, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Vice President, RMIT University
Paul Wappett, CEO, Australian Institute of Business

16:00

What’s in a Name? Possible Landing Points for the Review of Provider Category Standards

Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake

16:20

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
Professor Margot Kearns, Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Notre Dame University

17:00

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


Dr. Manisha Priyam
National University of Educational Planning and Administration (India)


Professor Jean Chambaz
President, Sorbonne University (France) *Via video link


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


Professor Ian Jacobs
Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW


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


Professor Geraldine Mackenzie
Vice-Chancellor, USQ


Michael Edwards
General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology Australia


Sean Wong
Technology and Innovation Manager, Bluescope Steel


Peter Varghese
Chancellor, UQ


Andrew Borger
Head of Office Developments, Charter Hall


Professor Margaret Sheil
Vice-Chancellor, QUT


Nick Wailes
Director, AGSM


Professor Margot Kearns
Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Notre Dame University


John O’Mahony
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics


Professor Julie Cogin
Pro Vice-Chancellor & Vice President, RMIT University


Paul Wappett
CEO, Australian Institute of Business


Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO
QU


Megan Lilly
Head of Workforce Development, AIGroup

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    – 2 Day Conference $2,795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 15 July 2018
    – 2 Day Conference $3,095 + GST

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  • Early bird – Expires by 14 July 2019
    – 2 Day Conference $1,795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 15 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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