Fostering education and business collaboration

Fostering education and business collaboration

Feb 26
Join Trustees and the Vice Chancellors of three of the state’s universities for a discussion how business and education can work together to drive recovery.
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Prof. Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Prof. Joe Chicharo OM, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong
Prof. Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research, Enterprise and International, Western Sydney University (WSU)

Event Overview

To ensure that Australia is internationally competitive we must foster and facilitate collaboration and partnerships between education, business and industry. After the tumult of 2020, this collaboration will be more important than ever to ensure Australia has the skills and knowledge it needs to support business and drive economic recovery in the higher education sector.

Join the Vice Chancellors of universities from greater and regional Sydney to discuss:
  • How business and industry can partner with higher education and the array of benefits to all parties.
  • How business/education collaborations benefit students and expands the skills and knowledge they require to move from education to work.
  • New ways of working together – exploring new avenues of collaboration.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

Prof. Attila Brungs
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Prior to joining UTS in 2009, Attila held senior positions with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company. He is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Attila is also Chair of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Committee for Sydney Board, and is ATSE fellow. 

Prof. Joe Chicharo OM
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong

Joe was appointed Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) in October 2019, having held the previous positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 2016 to 2019, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) from 2015 to 2016, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2010 to 2015 and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2008 to 2010. In his current role, Joe has leadership responsibility for the implementation of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan including key transformative priorities that respond to the UOW 2030 and Beyond White Paper. He retains responsibility for services, programs and resources that support the full life-cycle transition and success of UOW students through the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students). The SDVC oversees Library services, Strategic Planning and Strategic Marketing and Communications at the University.

Prof. Deborah Sweeney
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research, Enterprise and International, Western Sydney University (WSU)

In December 2016 Deborah was appointed the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation. As of January 2020 this portfolio was expanded to include International and Enterprise and Deborah is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and International. Deborah has more than 20 years’ experience in research and research management. She has held various executive roles within the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit and Vision CRC and its predecessor the CRC for Eye Research and Technology, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Vision CRC.

Meet the host

Dr Ant Bagshaw
Director, Nous Group

Ant is a higher education expert who has worked as a consultant to universities in the UK and Australia. His experience covers strategy formation and delivery, academic quality assurance and regulation. Prior to Nous, he was Deputy CEO at Wonkhe, the UK-based policy think-tank; he has published on a broad range of topics with a specialism in all aspects of the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework. He has also held professional roles in universities including University College London and the LSE.

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