Higher Education Conference 2016
14 January 2016
Early bird closing soon - don't miss out!
Please don't miss the opportunity to save money on your registration for the 2016 Higher Education Conference.

The early bird rate for registration is available until Friday 22 January, so this is your last chance to save $250 per delegate for this must-attend event.

You can register online by clicking here.

Now is also a good time to think about your accommodation during the conference. Universities Australia has secured discounted rates for conference delegates at a number of hotels in Canberra. For more details, visit the conference website.

Stellar line-up of international and national speakers
You won't want to miss the chance to hear from this year's impressive line-up of global and national influencers in higher education. The 2016 Higher Education Conference has assembled one of the strongest programs in recent years.

In the opening keynote address, former Dutch Education Minister Jozef Ritzen will frame the challenges and opportunities for Australia's university sector in an era of intense global competition. He will look at what makes our system both a social and economic success - and the risks that must be managed carefully in the years ahead. He'll also draw on international data on the relationship between economic growth and the quality of university education to make a powerful case about why universities must take the initiative and shape future policy.

Professor Ritzen is one of the world's longest serving Education Ministers, with a record of driving major reforms to the Dutch education system during his nine years in the portfolio. He went on to serve as a Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank and as President of Maastricht University. He is now a member of several international advisory boards of universities, senior adviser to the International Institute of Labor Studies IZA in Bonn, and a senior adviser to RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute that seeks to improve policy through research and analysis.

Dr Simon Easson is Global Manager of Education Solutions at IBM and joins Professor Jo Ritzen in the plenary session Transforming Australia: universities, innovation and relevance.

Dr Eassom joined IBM in 2005 after 22 years as a lecturer, researcher and university senior executive in the UK. As a teacher, trainer of teachers, and an awarded Teacher Fellow he has always been a leader in the use of technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment and promote innovation and change. As IBM's subject matter expert for HE and its global offering manager for education in IBM's Smarter Cities business unit, he is responsible for designing and developing technology solutions for enhancing student experience, improving recruitment and retention, and aligning programs with industry requirements. He has led the application of IBM's cognitive computing platform (Watson) for the education sector.

Professor Carl Wieman of Stanford University joins The University of Newcastle's Professor Peter Radoll and Charles Darwin University's Professor Sharon Bell in a panel discussion on STEM education - chaired by The Australian National University's Professor Brian Schmidt.

Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. He served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010-12. Professor Wieman has received numerous awards recognising his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Ms Annabel Crabb is back this year for our closing plenary session Agile advocacy in a time of austerity. Mr Mark Textor, Managing Director and Co-Founder of C|T Group joins her again, along with Ms Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Science and Technology Australia.

Ms Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is the ABC's chief online political writer, writes a weekly opinion column for Fairfax, is the author of the bestselling book The Wife Drought and is a sought-after speaker and presenter.

As host of the ABC's enormously popular series Kitchen Cabinet, Ms Crabb has broken bread with Australia's most influential political leaders and shared her magnificent desserts in kitchens around the country which has led to the release of her new book co-written with Wendy Sharpe Special Delivery - Favourite Food to Make and Take.

For details of the full program of speakers, visit the conference website.

From our key partner sponsors

Partnering with universities to build strong banking relationships
NAB has been working with Australian universities for more than 150 years and has developed a successful specialised higher education model.

NAB's strategy is to support universities to achieve their strategic plans through structured, thought leading engagement backed by the best financial solutions.

NAB collaborates with key innovative solutions partners in Australia to deliver market leading, tailored technical solutions.

NAB has the proven expertise to assist with all of your financing requirements. We are proud to have been Joint Lead Arranger on all recent domestic Australian dollar medium term note's and sole lead for the first Australian University US Private Placement transaction.

Through the continued servicing and dedication to Australian universities, NAB has established relationships with 35 of 39 Australian universities and is ranked #1 Bank by the higher education sector, including 8 of the 10 components identified as "critical".

NAB Education Specialists cover every state, have the capability and capacity to engage your finance team and deliver outstanding value. NAB's Australian Higher Education Specialists welcome you to Canberra and hope to see you at the NAB booth.

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Thanks to our sponsors
Universities Australia thanks our sponsors for their support of the 2016 Higher Education Conference.