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Overview

The Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit returns in 2021 bringing together the sectors’ most esteemed and exciting thought-leaders and disruptors together virtually 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.

Register your interest to receive updates on dates, the program & speakers.

The 6th Annual AFR Higher Education Awards will also return in 2020, join us on 18 November for a virtually delivered Gala honoring the most impressive contributions in the Higher Education space.

The 2020 shortlist has been released, click here to view the finalists.

Click here for more information on The AFR Higher Education Awards.

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AGENDA

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

8:50

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Colette Rogers, Partner, National Education Lead, Deloitte

9:00

Welcome from The Australian Financial Review

Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

9:10

Ministerial Keynote Address

The Hon Dan Tehan , Minister for Education

9:40

PANEL: Ministerial Debrief

Professor Clare Pollock, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Flinders University
Professor Deborah Terry, Chair, Universities Australia
Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Group of Eight (Go8)
Moderator: Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

10:15

Deloitte Economic Outlook

John O’Mahony, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

10:40

Morning Break

PANDEMIC RESPONSE & RECOVERY

11:00

Navigating the new norm – The future state of play of Australian Universities

Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor & President, The University of Melbourne

11:30

PANEL: How can universities respond and recover from pandemic impact

Professor Frank Larkins, Honorary Professorial Fellow, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne
Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast Australia
Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor & President, The University of Melbourne

Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia
Moderator: Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

12:00

Lunch

FUNDING AFTER THE PANDEMIC

12:40

Universities Debt Level

Martin Foo, Associate Director, Sovereign and International Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings

12:55

Performance Funding

Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Wollongong

13:10

Future of Funding

Kerrie Parker, Chief Financial Officer, Deakin University

13:25

PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW ON FROM PRESENTATIONS

Kerrie Parker, Chief Financial Officer, Deakin University
Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong
Martin Foo, Associate Director, Sovereign and International Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Moderator: Pradeep Phillip, Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

13:55

PANEL: Purpose of the University Beyond 2020

  • Where will the revenue come from?
  • Growth & challenges?
  • Will there be mergers & acquisitions?
  • Opportunities within the VET sector
  • What will future business models look like to ensure sustainability of Australian universities?

Andrew Norton, Professor in the Practice of Higher Education Policy, ANU
Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor, UniSA
Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice- Chancellor, The University of Auckland (NZ)
Moderator: Ronald Mizen, National Reporter, Parliament House Bureau, The Australian Financial Review

14:25

Afternoon Break

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MARKET

14:45

International Virtual Keynote – State of the UK Market

Professor Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education, University of Oxford (UK)

15:15

PANEL: How Do we Revive the International Student Market?

Professor Nick Klomp, Vice-Chancellor and President, CQ University
Laurie Pearcey, CEO, UNSW Global and Pro Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Sydney
Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Vice-Principal, External Relations, The University of Sydney
Moderator: Sally Patten, Editor, BOSS Magazine

15:45

Close of Day One

9:00

Opening Remarks from Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

09:10

Opposition Keynote Address

The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Education & Training

09:40

Why We Should Celebrate Australia’s Universities

Belinda Hutchinson AC, Chancellor, The University of Sydney

10:10

Improving University Admission chances and choices

Jamie Beaton, Founder and CEO, Crimson Education (NZ)

10:30

PANEL: University Readiness

  • What are schools offering?
  • ATAR pushback
  • How to make students university ready

Jamie Beaton, Founder and CEO, Crimson Education (NZ)
Dr. Fiona Mueller, Adjunct Scholar, Centre for Independent Studies
Associate Professor Glenn Savage, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia
Julie Sonnemann, School Education Fellow, Grattan Institute
Moderator: Robert Bolton, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

11:00

Morning Break

11:30

Outlook for 2040 – Research initiatives

Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor & President, UNSW

11:50

PANEL: A look at the Future of Research

Professor Anton Middelberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research, The University of Adelaide
Professor John Spoehr, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Impact, Flinders University
Dr David Kershaw, Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology
Moderator: Sally Patten, Editor, BOSS Magazine

12:20

Addressing the Expanded Role of TEQSA

Alistair Maclean, CEO, TEQSA

12:40

PANEL | What is the potential to integrate with the VET sector?

David Coltman, CEO, TAFE South Australia
Claire Field, Director, Claire Field & Associates
Steven Joyce, Director, Joyce Advisory
Professor Belinda Tynan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice-President, RMIT University
Moderator: Matt Wright, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

13:10

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Speakers


The Hon. Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education


The Hon. Tanya Plibersek
Shadow Minister for Education & Training


Professor Helen Bartlett
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast Australia


Dr. Pradeep Philip
Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics


Professor Simon Marginson
Professor of Higher Education, University of Oxford (UK)


Belinda Hutchinson AC
Chancellor, The University of Sydney


Professor Paul Wellings
Vice-Chancellor & President, University of Wollongong


Vicki Thomson
CEO, Group of Eight (Go8)


Claire Field
Director, Claire Field & Associates


Professor Dawn Freshwater
Vice-Chancellor, The University of Auckland (NZ)


Andrew Norton
Professor in the Practice of Higher Education Policy, ANU


Professor David Lloyd
Vice-Chancellor, UniSA


John O’Mahony
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics


Martin Foo
Associate Director, Sovereign & International Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings


Catriona Jackson
Chief Executive, Universities Australia


Professor Frank Larkins
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne


Associate Professor Glenn Savage
Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia


Colette Rogers
Partner, National Education Lead, Deloitte Australia


Professor Nick Klomp
Vice-Chancellor and President, CQUniversity


Laurie Pearcey
CEO, UNSW Global and Pro Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Sydney


Professor Duncan Maskell
Vice-Chancellor & President, The University of Melbourne


Professor Anton Middelberg
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide


Dr. Fiona Mueller
Adjunct Scholar, Centre for Independent Studies


Professor Ian Jacobs
Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW


Professor John Spoehr
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Impact, Flinders University


Kerrie Parker
Chief Financial Officer, Deakin University


Professor Clare Pollock
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Flinders University


Jamie Beaton
CEO and Co-Founder, Crimson Education (NZ)


Julie Sonnemann
School Education Fellow, Grattan Institute


Tania Rhodes-Taylor
Vice Principal, External Relations, The University of Sydney


Dr David Kershaw
Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology


David Coltman
CEO, TAFE South Australia


Professor Deborah Terry
Chair, Universities Australia


Steven Joyce
Director, Joyce Advisory


Professor Belinda Tynan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice-President, RMIT University


Alistair Maclean
CEO, TEQSA

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AFR Higher Education Awards 2020

The 6th Annual AFR Higher Education Awards will also return in 2020, join us on 18 November for a virtually delivered Gala honoring the most impressive contributions in the Higher Education space.

The 2020 shortlist has been released, click here  to view the finalists.

Click here for more information on The AFR Higher Education Awards.

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 2019

Below is a snippet of images from the 2019 AFR Higher Education Summit.

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

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