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Universities shaping the new era: Higher Education Conference 2015

The Universities Australia Higher Education Conference is the sector's must-attend event held at a time when university education and research is more critical than ever to securing an innovative and prosperous future.

Against a background of unprecedented change in the sector in Australia, the Conference brings together national and international university leaders, policy makers, experts and influencers to discuss the opportunities and challenges in higher education.

Themed Future Sense: Universities shaping the new era, this year's Higher Education Conference will have a focus on the critical role of innovation in fostering international competitiveness for a prosperous economy and society.

The Conference includes speakers from around the world and around Australia, including Professor Michael M Crow, President, Arizona State University; Professor Alain Fuchs, President, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France; Dame Julia Goodfellow, incoming President, Universities UK; Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, President, Business Council of Australia; Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist and Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Universities: shape shifters
  • Sense in our future: competitive advantage
  • The new era: what do higher education reforms mean for students?
  • Political sense: are there votes in higher education?
  • Industry engagement and innovation
  • International education and student mobility
  • Work Integrated Learning

"The Conference includes sessions on how universities are engaging and collaborating with business to stimulate greater productivity, innovation and international competitiveness", said Anne-Marie Lansdown, Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia.

"It will examine policies to maximise the global reach of Australia's universities, academics, researchers and students as part of the accelerating world-wide integration of the higher education sector.

"The program will also focus on policies shaping the university sector as it seeks to meet the expectations of contemporary students and employers", Ms Lansdown said.

Early bird registration - Don't miss out!

You can save by registering for the Conference before 23 January 2015. Register online now to enjoy the early bird rate of $1850 (normally $2100). You can register by clicking here.

The Conference will be held on 11 and 12 March 2015, at the National Convention Centre Canberra. Satellite events will be held on 13 March.

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