SA higher education review 2018

SA higher education review 2018

Aug 13
CEDA is delighted to welcome Universities Australia's newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Catriona Jackson, along with the Vice Chancellors from the Universities of Adelaide, Flinders and UniSA, to lead a critical discussion around the higher education sector.


Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia
Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia
Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide
Professor Colin Stirling, Vice Chancellor and President, Flinders University

Event overview

The higher education sector is a key contributor to the Australian economy, with the sector contributing over $25 billion to the Australian economy each year. Universities have more than one million enrolled students, employ over 100,000 staff and international education is Australia’s largest service export.  It is clear that collaboration within the sector and importantly with industry is on the rise, as is the commercialisation of research, however significant challenges still face the sector - with international competitiveness intensifying and constrained public budgets here to stay.

Join CEDA as we hear from key thought leaders on this critical sector to the South Australian economy.

Meet the speakers

Catriona Jackson
Chief Executive, Universities Australia

A highly experienced advocate, Ms Jackson has been Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia for the past two years and is former CEO of Science and Technology Australia. She has also served as Director of Communication and External Liaison in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at ANU, and as a senior journalist and Ministerial adviser. She has deep experience of the policy making process, having led Universities Australia’s policy team as Deputy Chief Executive and having acted as Chief Executive on many occasions, including giving evidence to Parliamentary inquiries and briefing key decision-makers.

Professor David Lloyd
Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia

Professor David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist, and specialist in computer-aided drug design, Prof Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia's university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. Since being appointed in 2012, Prof Lloyd has overseen the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan for the University and developed many international collaborations, including with University College London to form UniSA's ground-breaking Future Industries Institute, and with IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the South Australian Government to form the Innovation and Collaboration Centre which provides a unique multidisciplinary environment where SME entrepreneurs, students and academic innovators can work to grow their ideas.

Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide

Professor Peter Rathjen commenced as the University of Adelaide’s 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 January 2018. He is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Prior to his appointment, Professor Rathjen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he was instrumental in creating vibrant new university precincts within the CBDs of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Professor Rathjen is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, as are all of the members of his immediate family.

Professor Colin Stirling
Vice Chancellor and President, Flinders University

Professor Colin J Stirling brings extensive experience in research, teaching and management to Flinders University as President and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Stirling’s career provides a strong foundation for his ambitions for the University. Born and educated in Scotland he gained a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh followed by a PhD in genetics from Glasgow University. In 2011, Professor Stirling was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at Curtin University, in Western Australia where he was later appointed Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Throughout his academic career, Professor Stirling has established a record of leadership, innovation and successful change management in Higher Education.

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