Higher Education Conference 2016
10 December 2015
Transforming Australia: universities and their communities
This is one event you won't want to miss.

Once a year, Universities Australia brings together the 'who's who' of the higher education sector.

With a program featuring global and national leaders in higher education, it's your chance to identify trends early, gather intelligence on new developments and network with 800 of the most senior figures in the sector.

Registrations are now open for this flagship event, the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 9 to 11 March 2016. You can save $250 by registering now - why not get it done before the holidays?

The Conference is a must-attend. It brings together Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, local and global experts, academics, policymakers and business leaders to look at the key issues facing universities and our crucial role in the transformation of the workforce, industries and the economy.

Themed Transforming Australia: universities and their communities, next year's conference will have a particular emphasis on universities and innovation at a time of economic and social transformation.

Conference sessions include:
  • Universities, innovation and relevance
  • Safety on campus
  • Quality assurance
  • Universities and reshaping regional economies
  • New industries/new jobs
  • Philanthropy
  • Advocacy in a time of austerity
For further information on the conference program and to register, visit the conference website.

Early bird registration - don't miss out!
You can save by registering for the Conference before 22 January 2016.

Register online now to enjoy the early bird rate of $1850 (normally $2100). You can register by clicking here.

Your chance to network
As the premier event for Australia's universities, our Higher Education Conference brings together the 'who's who' of the sector - including Vice-Chancellors, Chancellors, university and Government representatives, industry representatives, members of the research community and international education specialists. It is the place to be to catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

The conference welcome cocktails event will be held the evening before the conference, on Tuesday 8 March, in the exhibition hall of the National Convention Centre. This is a great opportunity to catch up with others before the commencement of the conference, visit the exhibition stands and take a sneak peak at the posters.

We'll also be opening the registration desk on Tuesday evening so you can pick up your conference pass and satchel ahead of the rush on Wednesday morning.

The welcome cocktails are sponsored by Higher Ed Services.

The conference dinner will be held the evening on the first day of conference, on Wednesday 9 March, in the Great Hall at Parliament House. This is the dinner that brings together universities, business, parliamentary leadership and policymakers. It is a unique networking opportunity with good food and great company.

The conference dinner is sponsored by Campus Living Villages.

Poster exhibition
The 2016 conference will host a poster exhibition to highlight research that demonstrates excellent collaboration and contribution to the community. This will be an opportunity for PhD candidates and early career researchers to showcase their work to senior researchers, as well as to delegates from across higher education, industry and government.

Posters will be on display in the exhibition hall and the researchers will be available at lunchtime on Thursday 10 March to discuss their research project and to answer any questions you may have.

Universities Australia will be asking delegates to nominate their favourite poster - with a prize going to the researcher with the best project poster, as judged by you.
Exhibiting at the Higher Education Conference 2016 is an opportunity to showcase your company or organisation to Australia's third largest export industry. Universities employ over 120,000 staff and directly contribute around $25 billion to our GDP every year. They are significant contributors to their local communities by providing local employment opportunities and building vital infrastructure. It's a sector with high growth potential, undergoing and implementing an exciting transformation. The Conference is attended by over 800 delegates.

Your involvement as an exhibitor at the Conference cements your support of the sector and will be widely promoted in the lead up to and during the Conference.

Exhibition spaces are limited so secure yours now.

For more information about exhibiting at the Conference contact Liz Long on 02 6285 8130 or l.long@universitiesaustralia.edu.au.
Hotels in Canberra have a tendency to book out fast when big conferences are in town, so don't forget to lock in your accommodation early.

To assist delegates, Universities Australia has secured a discounted rate for a number of premier hotels in Canberra.

The hotels for which we have negotiated special rates are:
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Novotel
  • Hotel Realm
  • Burbury Hotel
  • Little National
  • Hyatt Hotel
For further details about the hotels including location, rates and links to book, click here.
Thanks to our sponsors
Universities Australia thanks our sponsors for their support of the 2016 Higher Education Conference.