arrow-right twitter facebook star diamond bubble facebook twitter linkedin

Lessons Learned | How Higher Education Can Drive the Economy

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Published on 09.05.2019 by Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce

As Australia’s second largest services export, higher education is widely recognised by government and business as a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity. With experience in some of Australia and the UK’s top universities, join our panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the strengths and opportunities for growth in this critical sector.

Lessons Learned | How Higher Education Can Drive the Economy

As Australia’s second largest services export, higher education is widely recognised by government and business as a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity. In contrast, whilst British universities have long enjoyed strong international reputations for research and teaching excellence, the importance of higher education to economic development is only just emerging in the national conversation.

With experience in some of Australia and the UK’s top universities, join our panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the strengths and opportunities for growth in this critical sector.

Speakers include:

• Professor John Dewar, Vice Chancellor & President, La Trobe University
• Professor Ed Byrne AC, President & Principal, King's College London
• Zac Ashkanasy, Principal, Nous Group
• Dr Marta Fernandez, Executive Director, RMIT Europe
• Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
• Paul Lovegrove, Chief Executive Officer, University Partnerships Europe

 

With thanks to our Sponsors Nous Group and RMIT, and our Host King's College London.

 

Register for a complimentary ticket here: https://bit.ly/2Hc1Zye 

 


 

Professor John Dewar, Vice Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012.

Professor Dewar is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He came to Australia in 1995, and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.

Professor Dewar is a Director of Universities Australia, UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on health workforce issues and a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee. He holds a number of other Directorships, including Education Australia Pty Ltd, The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, AARNet, The Committee for Melbourne, and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China. He is also a member of the University of Lincoln’s 21st Century Lab Higher Education Reference Group, and a Male Champion of Change

 

Professor Ed Byrne AC, President & Principal, King's College London

Professor Ed Byrne became President & Principal at King’s College London on 1st August 2014. He was a Founding Director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001. His major research contributions have been in the field of mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular disorders.

Professor Byrne was appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL) in 2007. He held that position until becoming the eighth University President and Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in 2009.
The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence.

Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 and a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honour, in 2014.

 

Zac Ashkanasy, Principal, Nous Group

Zac Ashkanasy is an award-winning Principal with Nous Group. Zac brings almost 25 years’ business, consulting and facilitation experience across a range of clients in the UK, Canada, South-East Asia and Australia. He has extensive experience working with higher education institutions.

Zac’s work combines a keen strategic brain, extensive experience in strategy and design, knowledge about the effective interaction of people and information, and effective leadership skills. Executives and staff value his innovative and practical mind-set, and engaging nature. Zac has an MBA from Melbourne Business School (Dean’s Commendation) and a Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland. 

 

Dr Marta Fernandez, Executive Director, RMIT Europe

Marta is the Executive Director of RMIT Europe, the European hub of Australian university RMIT. Established in 2013, RMIT Europe serves as a gateway for European research, industry, government and enterprise to RMIT innovation and talent in Australia and Asia.

Prior to joining RMIT Europe, Marta was based in the UK where she held the position of Global Research Leader at Arup. She was responsible for managing Arup's global fund for R&D as well as the group's engagement with universities and funding agencies. She was also part of the group leading corporate venturing.

Marta has a strong interest in urban wellbeing and has been a member of expert panels on nature based solutions in cities, energy efficiency as well as active ageing and the built environment. She represents RMIT on the European Construction Technology Platform and the European Universities Association.

 

Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International

Vivienne Stern is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.

Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. In this role she led the sector’s response to several major pieces of legislation relating to universities, including the Higher Education Act 2004. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a higher education policy specialist working on topics including quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links.

She is a Director of Universities UK; a member of the Board of the UK India Research and Innovation Initiative and the Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Fund; she is a member of the British Council’s ducation Advisory Group and a number of other Boards and Committees.

 

Paul Lovegrove, Chief Executive Officer, University Partnerships Europe

Paul Lovegrove is the Chief Executive Officer of University Partnerships Europe, a division of the global education provider group Navitas. He has dedicated his career to helping students access educational opportunities. After graduating with honours in Law from Liverpool John Moores University, and completing a Masters in Research, and an MBA in General Management, Paul became a teacher of Law, Economics and Politics to international students.

Following his experience in teaching, Paul continued his interest in international education by exploring new opportunities for access to students. As the leader in the global pathway sector – where international students are provided access to higher education through partnerships with universities – Paul has led study centres across the UK and Europe for over 13 years. He has successfully launched numerous new higher education programmes and to date has established 15 new learning centres. In his current capacity as UPE CEO, he leads 11 colleges across Europe, and is currently focused on the development of opportunities in new regions.

 

Business After 6 with Adam Gilchrist AM

Business After 6 with Adam Gilchrist AM

, 06 Sep 2019

The Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce is delighted to invite you to our Business After 6 event with special guest Adam Gilchrist AM - former Vice Captain of the Australian Cricket team and Global Brand Ambassador for the University of Wollongong.

Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Summer Party 2019

Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Summer Party 2019

, 17 Jul 2019

Game, set, match! You've got a date this Summer on 17th July with Australian tennis legend,Pat Cash at our Aus-UK Chamber of Commerce Annual Summer Party at Australia House

Tech Australia 2019 | London Tech Week

Tech Australia 2019 | London Tech Week

, 11 Jun 2019

With over 28 years of continuous economic growth and spending on tech forecast to hit more than £50 billion this year, Australia is the big new market for tech, with companies including Revolut, GoCardless, TransferWise, Amazon and Slack all recently setting up shop down under.

Lessons Learned | How Higher Education Can Drive the Economy

Lessons Learned | How Higher Education Can Drive the Economy

, 23 May 2019

As Australia’s second largest services export, higher education is widely recognised by government and business as a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity. With experience in some of Australia and the UK’s top universities, join our panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the strengths and opportunities for growth in this critical sector.

Shipping the Economy | eCommerce and Freight

Shipping the Economy | eCommerce and Freight

, 28 Mar 2019

As individuals and businesses increasingly move towards the convenience and accessibility of online shopping and ordering, how do traditional retailers and logistics services need to change to keep up with demand? Although click and collect and same day delivery look seamless to the consumer, the logistics that underpin eCommerce, from data to fulfilment and shipping, rely on complex interactions between multiple providers where the smallest change can delay whole shipments for days.

Innovation Talks | FinTechs in Open Banking

Innovation Talks | FinTechs in Open Banking

, 21 Mar 2019

In the year since the UK brought in Open Banking regulations, the market has seen an explosion of providers, from FinTech challengers to established banks, all wanting to gain an edge in one of the world’s most competitive markets. Join our speakers as we discuss what works, what doesn’t and what the collaboration between banks and FinTechs means for the future of banking.

International Women’s Day: Women in Tech and Startups

International Women’s Day: Women in Tech and Startups

, 14 Mar 2019

As technology continues to evolve, there is a greater call to action towards higher female representation in a sector which has become integral to our everyday lives. With leading women often the exception in tech and innovation, those at the top of the industry play a crucial role in highlighting the disparity and driving change.

The Big Picture | Future of Global Trade

The Big Picture | Future of Global Trade

, 28 Feb 2019

With the challenges of Brexit and a looming slow-down in the global economy exacerbated by the ongoing trade tensions between the USA and China, the global free trade consensus faces its biggest challenge since the formation of the World Trade Organisation. Join our panel of experts as we discuss the threats to the current international trading system and whether reform can preserve the benefits of free trade whilst responding to the current challenges.

Investing in the Future: The UK’s Infrastructure Pipeline

Investing in the Future: The UK’s Infrastructure Pipeline

, 06 Mar 2019

Despite some of the uncertainty around Brexit, the United Kingdom’s infrastructure market is booming. With record levels of Government investment in projects such as CrossRail and HS2, and further infrastructure projects announced, infrastructure investment, including from Australia, is building the Britain of tomorrow.

Business After 6

Business After 6

, 06 Feb 2019

The Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce EU & Belgium and the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain are pleased to invite you to Business After 6 on Wednesday 6th February with special guest, Guy Lavender, CEO & Secretary of Marylebone Cricket Club.

Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) brings together multiple organisations representing Australian and Australian-interested organisations across Europe with the shared objective of growing and strengthening the trade, investment, business and diplomatic ties between the two regions.

Get Involved