Higher education conference: Gen next 2017

15 December 2016

What does the next generation of university students want from their degree? How can universities adapt to changing expectations?

These questions and many, many more will be explored in depth at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference – Higher Education: Gen Next (1-3 March 2017).

Register now and save $250 on tickets to Australia’s premier higher education conference. 

The exceptional line up of global and national speakers includes:
• Mr Carlos Moedas, Commissioner Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission
• Mr Antoine van Agtmael & Mr Fred Bakker, Authors of The Smartest Places on Earth - Why Rustbelts are Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation
• Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training (invited)
• The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education
• Ms Kristina Keneally, former NSW Premier and Sky News host
• Mr Hugh Bradlow, Chief Scientist, Telstra
• Ms Jane Cay, Founder and Director, Birdsnest Australia
• Dr Sarah Pearson, CEO & Founder, CBR Innovation Network Ltd
• Ms Georgia Beattie, CEO, Startup Victoria


The two-day event will bring together the who’s who of the sector. Sessions will consider the expectations and needs of the next generation of students, the implications for university education and research, and the next generation of technology.

The conference is an opportunity to network with more than 900 delegates including the most senior figures from Australia’s universities – all in the same place at the same time. 

Higher Education: Gen Next 2017 will also host a digital exhibition of Australian university crowdfunding campaigns.

Applicants are asked to submit a 300-word written application outlining the research focus of their current or forthcoming crowdfunding campaigns supported by their universities – with a prize going to the researcher with the best digital crowdfunding campaign. 

Find out how to apply here 

The digital exhibition will be on display in the exhibition hall and the researchers will be available to discuss their research project and to answer any questions you may have.

The deadline for crowdfunding submissions is 23 January 2016.

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