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AFR Higher Education Summit

Uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

29-31 August 2017 | InterContinental Sydney

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Government, Academia and Startups rates available – see pricing below

overview

The Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit returns in August, bringing together the sectors’ most esteemed thought-leaders and disruptors to discuss the future of higher education in Australia.

With the incisive, independent style it is known for, the summit will once again interrogate prevailing Higher Education policies and practices, and showcase true, transformational innovation from Australia and abroad – all with an eye to uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead.

With borders tightening in the USA and the UK, will Australia see a boom in international students and if so, how should the sector respond? In a rapidly evolving job market, are we effectively preparing our graduates for the workforce? And what is the latest thinking on bespoke education, micro-credentials and nano-degrees?

This year the summit will be extended to a third day dedicated entirely to the powerful emergence of EdTech – entitled the AFR Edtech Summit, in partnership with EduGrowth. With themes ranging from the current EdTech landscape, to the future of education, visiting alternative educational models, technology influencing student experience and the perspective of venture capitalists towards educational start-ups, the AFR’s Edtech Summit in partnership with EduGrowth promises to be an exciting new addition to this flagship event.

Returning this year is the AFR’s Higher Education Awards, including the following categories;

  • Community Engagement Award
  • Education Technology Award
  • Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by Perrett Laver.
  • Employability Award, sponsored by Pearson.
  • Equity and Opportunity Award
  • Facilities Innovation Award
  • Industry Engagement Award, sponsored by Technology One.
  • International Education Award, sponsored by Top Education Institute.
  • Learning Experience Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper.

Be sure to attend to see the most innovative and exemplary practice of universities across Australia.

Don’t miss out. Book your place at the AFR Higher Education Awards Dinner now.

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agenda

8:00 am

Morning Coffee & Registration

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from The Australian Financial Review

Michael Stutchbury, Editor In Chief, The Australian Financial Review

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Colette Rogers, Partner, Deloitte

THE 'NEW-WORLD' OF HIGHER EDUCATION

9:15 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Australia's position in higher education and key updates

Prof Margaret Gardner AO, Chair Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

9:45 am

Since the end of World War II, a unique and highly productive partnership has existed in the United States among government, industry and higher education. This partnership has led to some of the most significant innovations in the modern world. This partnership is behind the founding of companies like HP, Cisco, Yahoo!, Google and thousands of others. This partnership is developing many of the most promising medical therapies and breakthrough treatments available to humankind. What is the future for this unique partnership arrangement, and how do we deploy a 21st century mindset to this operational model developed more than 80 years ago?

10:15 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:45 am

Traditional models of education are under stress. As the technological revolution arrives at pace, the needs and wants of learners, the world of work and the way education is being delivered are all changing. This keynote address will consider how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is and will continue to shape the post school education sector globally and how the sector needs to change in order to deliver the graduates needed in future economies.

Drawing on case studies illustrating trends and changes in the way education is being delivered around the world, the session will include;

  • How tertiary education programs must align to the changing skills required for the future world of work
  • How new skills and mindsets need to be embedded in traditional systems and teachers
  • What it means for the traditional public/private divide
  • The emergence of no-traditional/informal education programs as legitimate players
  • How innovative and new public/private partnerships can help deliver agile and scalable solutions that meet the changing needs of learners globally
  • How technology is breaking down traditional models and putting learners in control of when and how they study
  • The role governments have to play through policy and funding

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

INTERNATIONALISATION

12:45 pm

Discussing;

  • Where Australia currently stands, regarding international education
  • What are the effects being seen by increased international student numbers?
  • Education as an asset, projections for the sector and how attractive Australia is to foreign students?
  • Building industry capacity for increased international students
  • What are international students looking for in selecting a study destination?

1:30 pm

Attracting international students; How to leverage the value proposition of accommodation

Andrea Slingsby, CEO, Atira

2:00 pm

Discussing;

  • Australia is 3rd in the world for government and university researchers, as a share of the population, 8th for top academic citations but in bottom half for business researchers and patent applications
  • What is being done at university level to make the most of Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.5 billion innovation agenda?
  • What exactly is innovation for universities?
    • Best practice examples
    • Is innovation a buzz-word, symbolising long practiced systems, already in place?
    • Examples of great innovation from international universities
  • Merging disciplines to enhance research

2:35 pm

Networking and refreshment break

EMPLOYABILITY

3:00 pm

Discussing;

  • Data suggesting that 29% of graduates claim to NOT use the skills learnt through their degree at work
  • Still a great divide in starting salaries for female graduates
  • Where does the issue lie – with institutions, workplaces, graduates or is it a mix of all three? Is there an issue at all?
  • IT skills sinkhole – do we teach industry demand?
  • proving that their graduates have the skills for work

3:45 pm

The future of work and why universities need to respond

Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney

4:45 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Colette Rogers, Partner, Deloitte

THE FUTURE OF RESEARCH AND POLICY

9:00 am

Discussing;

  • Dangerous ideas being incorporated in policy-making
  • New ideas in policy generation
  • Self-disruption being the cornerstone of progression

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

9:30 am

KEYNOTE MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | Australia's position in higher education and key updates

Sen The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education

DRIVING SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

10:00 am

Does diversity matter? What are the risks of a uniform national system?

  • Australia has one of the least diverse higher education systems in the western world
  • The collapse of vocational education accentuates the limited range of choice for students
  • With Silicon Valley looking to disrupt the traditional public university, do we risk the collapse of the current higher education system
  • And, if so, what policy options are open to address creative destruction?

10:30 am

Too often the challenges the Higher Education sector face, and possible solutions, are discussed from the point of view of the institutions and suppliers. Pearson Australia has commissioned research that captures the viewpoints of students, graduates and post-graduates of the Australian university system which will be presented at the AFR Higher Education Summit.

  • What is the current state of play, in terms of learning methods?
  • How do people want to absorb knowledge and information in 2017?
  • What role can technology such as AI play in higher education?
  • Do students and graduates perceive themselves to be work-ready and employable at the end of their studies?
  • What skills do they feel they are lacking? Where does life-long learning fit in?

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break

FUNDING

12:15 pm

Implications of policy changes

Moderated by: Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

12:30 pm

Discussing;

  • Whether increased/decreased spending guarantees better/lesser quality
  • The tangible effects seen by institutions and pupils, in light of funding cuts
  • Where are the savings that the government have committed to find in the budget?
  • Are funding models dangerously outdated?
  • Higher education financing; the macro and micro sense

1:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:30 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | What’s over the horizon: Seizing Higher Education opportunities in an uncertain future

Chris Richardson, Partner - Access Economics, Deloitte

RETHINKING HIGHER EDUCATION - BESPOKE EDUCATION

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | MOOCs and Micro-credentials

Deanna Raineri, Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera, USA

4:10 pm

HE's new frontier: Bespoke Degree

Professor Annabelle Duncan, Vice-Chancellor, University of New England

4:35 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:45 pm

END OF DAY 2

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Christine Axton, Director – Strategy Consultancy, Deloitte

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from EduGrowth

Facilitated by: Riley Batchelor, CEO, EduGrowth

THE ED-TECH LANDSCAPE

9:15 am

Discussing;

  • Educational Technology’s current status in Australia and how this compares globally
  • Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get there?
  • The ethos and impact of EduGrowth

THE FUTURE OF EDTECH

9:30 am

Discussing;

  • The future of education
  • What does disruption in education look like?
  • How education will look in the future; What will the student experience be?
  • What are the changes being implemented today and what will their impact be?

10:15 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:15 am

A discussion around the University of Texas innovation culture, their challenges and successes and how they see EdTech progressing

11:45 am

  • What are investors looking for?
  • What’s happening in the global EdTech investment space?
  • How does the sector attract more investment?
  • How can startups set themselves apart?

12:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

ED-TECH AND THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

1:15 pm

  • Looking to new tech to solve key issues in tertiary education e.g. How will blockchain affect credentials?
  • What impact will AI, machine learning, virtual reality and other new tech innovation have on the way we teach, learn, manage the student experience?
  • Current challenges, future tech – recruitment, admissions, assessment, credentials management, data analytics, LMS and other infrastructure tools

1:45 pm

  • Looking at the analytics behind student experience and how tech can start to inform decisions within the tertiary sector
  • The rise of meta-data and how it’s currently being used in tertiary sector
  • Technology vs human involvement – Is technology at a stage where we make decisions that affect student experience and tertiary institution strategy?

2:15 pm

  • Where-to next for online learning?
  • Learning from an entrepreneur in this field
  • Scale and reach – global markets and opportunities for Australian EdTech to reach 100 million learners

2:45 pm

Network and refreshment break

THE ED-TECH SHARK TANK

3:15 pm

An interactive session, giving EdTech start-ups an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a select panel of judges and venture capitalists. Each entrant has 5 minutes to say how their tech is changing the landscape of education, supporting educators and/or promoting student engagement. A glimpse into the process of pitching and a chance to hear the perspective of those who invest in EdTech.

Judging panel;

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from EduGrowth

Facilitated by: Riley Batchelor, CEO, EduGrowth

4:45 pm

END OF SUMMIT

pricing

Packages Price
2 Day Conference (Day 1 & Day 2)$1695+GSTEarly Bird
Ed Tech Summit (Day 3)$895+GSTEarly Bird
Gold Pass ( 3 days + Dinner)$2495+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner$300+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner - Table of 10$2700+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner - single ticket $300+GST
Packages Price
Dinner - Table of 10$2700+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner$300+GSTEarly Bird
Ed Tech Summit (Day 3)$1695+GSTEarly Bird
2 Day Conference (Day 1 & Day 2)$2695+GSTEarly Bird
Gold Pass ( 3 days + Dinner)$4195+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner - single ticket $300+GST
Packages Price
Ed Tech Summit (Day 3)$595+GSTEarly Bird
2 Day Conference (Day 1 & Day 2)$795+GSTEarly Bird
Gold Pass ( 3 days + Dinner)$1495+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner - Table of 10$2700+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner$300+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner - single ticket $300+GST
  • Government, Academia and Startups rates available – see pricing tabs

* Dinner is included in Gold Pass Package.

EduGrowth EdTech Summit

This year the summit will be extended to a third day dedicated entirely to the powerful emergence of EdTech – entitled the AFR Edtech Summit, in partnership with EduGrowth. With themes ranging from the current EdTech landscape, to the future of education, visiting alternative educational models, technology influencing student experience and the perspective of venture capitalists towards educational start-ups, the AFR’s Edtech Summit in partnership with EduGrowth promises to be an exciting new addition to this flagship event.

Riley Batchelor

CEO, EduGrowth

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Akiba Covitz

Previous Associate Dean, Harvard Law School, Previous VP for University Relations, edX and Head of Business Development, Minerva, USA

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Phil Komarny

Chief Digital Officer, UTx, USA

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Adam Brimo

Founder & CEO, Open Learning

Patrick Brothers

Chair, EduGrowth

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Mark Lynch

Co-Founder & CTO, Learnosity

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Sam Lee

CEO, Blockchain Global

Higher Education Awards

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Returning this year is the AFR’s Higher Education Awards, including the following categories;

  • Community Engagement Award
  • Education Technology Award
  • Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by Perrett Laver.
  • Employability Award, sponsored by Pearson.
  • Equity and Opportunity Award
  • Facilities Innovation Award
  • Industry Engagement Award, sponsored by Technology One.
  • International Education Award, sponsored by Top Education Institute.
  • Learning Experience Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper.

Be sure to attend to see the most innovative and exemplary practice of universities across Australia.

Don’t miss out. Book your place at the AFR Higher Education Awards Dinner now.

speakers

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Martin Shell

Vice-President Development, Stanford University, USA

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Deanna Raineri

Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera, USA

Akiba Covitz

Previous Associate Dean, Harvard Law School, Previous VP for University Relations, edX and Head of Business Development, Minerva

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Phil Komarny

Chief Digital Officer, UTx, USA

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Sen The Hon Simon Birmingham

Minister for Education

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Prof Margaret Gardner AO

Chair Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Prof Glyn Davis AC

Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne

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Dr Michael Spence AC

Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney

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Prof Peter Høj

Chair, Group of Eight

Professor Annabelle Duncan

Vice-Chancellor, University of New England

Prof Greg Hill

Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunshine Coast and Chair, Regional Universities Network

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Prof. Adam Shoemaker

Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Vice Chnacellor Barney Glover

Prof. Barney Glover

Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University

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Prof David Lloyd

Vice-Chancellor, University of South Australia

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Rod Jones

CEO & MD, Navitas

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton

Review Editor, The Australian Financial Review

John Garnaut

JC Global and Former Principal Adviser for International Policy, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Former China Correspondent, Fairfax Media

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Phil Honeywood

CEO, International Education Association of Australia

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Adrian Turner

CEO, CSIRO Data61

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David Barnett

Managing Director, Pearson

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Chris Richardson

Partner - Access Economics, Deloitte

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Linda Brown

CEO, Laureate Australia; and President, Torrens University Australia

Associate Professor Matt Riddle

Director of Educational Innovation, La Trobe University

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Prof. Genevieve Bell

Previous Vice-President, Intel and Senior Fellow, ANU

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Jon Paparsenos

Vice-President - Philanthropy, UNSW

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Prof Margaret Harding

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), ANU

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Laurie Pearcey

Pro-Vice Chancellor - International, UNSW

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Prof Dineli Mather

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate Employability, Deakin

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Mark Lynch

Co-Founder & CTO, Learnosity

Adam Brimo

Founder & CEO, Open Learning

Prof. Peter Noonan

Professor - Tertiary Education Policy, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

Riley Batchelor

CEO, EduGrowth

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Andrew Norton

Higher Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

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Philipp Ivanov

CEO, Asia Society

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Peter Mackey

Director - International Trade, StudyNSW

Elicia McDonald

Elicia McDonald

Investment Associate, AirTree Ventures

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Matthew Sayer

Operations and Growth Manager, Ribit

Shannon Ziegelaar

Shannon Ziegelaar

Advisory Board Member, BloomLab

Smith, Paul

Paul Smith

Technology Editor, Australian Financial Review

Andrea Slingsby

Andrea Slingsby

CEO, Atira

Wong, Samantha

Samantha Wong

VP - Operations, Blackbird Ventures

when & where

29 - 31 Aug 2017

InterContinental
117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
www.icsydney.com.au
(02) 9253 9000

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