november, 2018

22nov5:00 pm6:30 pmDo universities need to reinvent themselves?5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Ideas

Event Details

A unique panel debates the long-term future of universities

Professor Don Nutbeam chairs an esteemed panel of university professors, private sector representatives and former politicians for an important debate – what should universities be?

As federal financial support for Australian universities continues to shrink, university leaders need to reconsider how they approach their delivery of high-quality teaching and research. Is it time for universities to reinvent themselves and operate more in sync with corporate models? Should universities change the way they engage with business, industry, government and the wider community and redefine the tertiary education landscape? What will their role be in 2030, 2040, 2050 and beyond?

In this panel discussion we bring together a unique and esteemed panel of university professors, a former politician and a prominent contributor to law and investment banking to discuss the long-term future of universities. This event will be held as part of the What should Universities be? conference. It seeks to clarify the role of universities 
and identify the changes they need to make in public perception, industry connections, and government policy to consistently achieve excellence.

The speakers: 

  • Professor Marian Baird AO became Professor of Gender and Employment Relations in 2009, distinguishing her as the first female professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney. She is a Pro-Chancellor and a Fellow of Senate (elected by academic staff). In 2018, she was named in Apolitical’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality list.
  • Raj Logaraj’s career spans law and investment banking. He serves as a Director of and Adviser to companies, some publicly listed, based in Australia, Israel and the United Kingdom involved with cyber security, telemedicine, data analytics, agribusiness and health care. He also acts from time to time as a Project Adviser to international investment banks. He has previously been a director of public companies listed in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia and has served on University Committees and Government Councils in Australia and overseas. He holds degrees from the National University of Singapore and the University of Sydney.
  • The Hon. Adrian Piccoli, Director of the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales, is a former Minister for Education between April 2011 and January 2017, in both the O’Farrell and Baird ministries. He holds degrees from the Australian National University.
  • Sir Eric Thomas was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2001 to 2015 and Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network from 2003 to 2007. He was the President of Universities UK from 2011 to 2013.

This event will be chaired by Professor Don Nutbeam. Professor Nutbeam returned to Sydney in February 2016 following a six-year term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, UK. He now shares his time between roles as a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute.


(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 101, Level 1 New Law Building (F10)

Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney