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Regional Universities Conference

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Regional Universities Forum

14-15 November 2013 | Gold Coast Campus, Southern Cross University, Coolangatta

 


Why do the regions matter to Australia? 

Because 36% of Australian live in regional areas.

Because Regional Australia represents 67% of the national economic assets and economically productive activity.

Because over 60% of exports come from regional Australia.

What then are the geographic, economic and community contexts in which the development of regional Australia influences national direction? This is the setting against which the 3rd annual Regional Tertiary Education Conference will consider the imperatives for regional education to build capacity for regional development.

  “Regional Universities make a fundamental contribution to the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of their regions. The conference will focus on the pivotal role of universities in their regions in driving development, growth, productivity, and innovation, and take a global as well as Australian perspective on these issues.”
said Caroline Perkins, Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network group.

Presented by the Regional Universities Network with the Informa Higher Education series,
the conference takes forward the discussion on regional universities with a focus on sustainability, collaboration, regional and community engagement and research and innovation.

  • Why the regions matter - Engaging with Regions, Building a Stronger Nation
  • Research and the regional tertiary mission
  • Excellence in service delivery
  • Alumni relations  and fundraising for research and infrastructure development
  • Indigenous health - opportunities for regional universities to lead research and service delivery
  • Resourcing and funding a sustainability in regional tertiary sector
  • Intricacies of regional operation that challenge financial allocation and distribution
  • Can inter institutional collaboration and sharing of resources enable efficiencies and economies and streamlining operations
  • Trends in multi modal service delivery and the impact of technology
  • School/vet/universities - Strengthening the education continuum and pathways for participation

International presentations

Professor Mario Polèse, Senior Adjunct Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Co-director, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montreal
   
Prof. Dr. Saran Kaur Gill, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community Partnerships) & Executive Director of AsiaEngage (ATNEU, AUN USR&S and AYVP), National University of Malaysia
   
Fiona Lang, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, University of the Highlands & Islands, Scotland 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Peter Lee, Chair, Regional Universities Network, Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au
  • Professor David Battersby, University of Ballarat www.ballarat.edu.au
  • Professor Jan Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland www.usq.edu.au
  • Professor Scott Bowman, Vice Chancellor, CQUniversity www.cqu.edu.au
  • Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor, Charles Darwin University www.cdu.edu.au
  • Professor Jim Barber, Vice-Chancellor, University of New England www.une.edu.au
  • Professor Todd Walker, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Ballarat www.ballarat.edu.au
  • Prof Birgit Lohmann, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast www.usc.edu.au
  • Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network www.run.edu.au
  • Professor Andy Smith, DVC Schools and Programs, University of Ballarat www.ballarat.edu.au
  • Professor Mike Keppell, Executive Director and Professor, Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland www.usq.edu.au
  • Professor Steve Tobias, Head of School, School of Education, University of New England www.une.edu.au

This year the conference will feature one seminar day and one conference day. The seminar day will focus on Sustainability and collaboration in operations while Day Two will be the plenary conference day focusing on policy.

The full agenda is available. View the full program for Regional Universities Conference 2013.


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