The future of Universities

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Join us for the final Bold Thinking Series lecture for 2017 in La Trobe University’s 50th Anniversary year. The conversation will explore the history of Australian Universities, debate their role in today’s modern society and ask what the future could and should be in the decades to come? What are the challenges and what is needed for the students, industry and the community at large from Universities?

Wednesday 22 November 2017 06:30 pm until Wednesday 22 November 2017 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Virginia Trioli
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Public
$10 General / $5 Concession - all proceeds go to student equity scholarships

Hosted by Walkley-Award winning journalist, broadcaster and La Trobe alumna Virginia Trioli, the lecture will consider the future vision of Australia’s University sector as seen by Victoria’s three oldest Universities – Melbourne, La Trobe and Monash, represented by their respective Vice-Chancellors on the night, Professor Glyn Davis AC, Professor John Dewar and Professor Margaret Gardner AO.

Read Professor John Dewar's Nest blog post What will universities of the future look like? here.

As La Trobe University concludes its 50th year, join us for this historic occasion.

Followed by post event networking drinks and canapés.

Watch online


Professor Glyn Davis AC: Professor Glyn Davis has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne since January 2005, and is Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Davis holds first class honours from the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Australian National University.

He undertook postgraduate appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Professor Davis publishes on public policy, and is co-author of The Australian Policy Handbook, now in its fifth edition. He was for a number of years co-editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Alongside an academic career starting in 1985 at Griffith University, Professor Davis has worked in government. He served as Queensland's most senior public servant, Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, before returning to Griffith as Vice-Chancellor in early 2002. This involvement with the public sector continued through a role as the Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, and recognition as a National Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Alongside his role as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Davis also served as chair of Universities Australia, the peak body representing public and private universities across the nation, from May 2011 to May 2013.

Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Companion in the Order of Australia, and a Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Grattan Institute, the LH Martin Institute and Asialink.

Professor John Dewar: Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012.

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.

Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995, and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.

Professor Dewar is a Director of Universities Australia and UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on Workforce issues; Vice-President of the AHEIA Executive Committee; Chair of the Victorian Student Planning Advisory Group for the Victorian Department of Health; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College; and a Director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and an Adjunct Professor in the La Trobe Law School.

His previous appointments include member of the Attorney-General's Family Law Pathways Advisory Group (2000-1), Chair of the Family Law Council (2001-4), Chair of the Queensland College of Teachers (2006-9), member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2007-11), Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (2014-5) and Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (2014-6). In 2014, he chaired the Legislation and Finance Working Group for the Federal Education Minister.

Professor Dewar was named by The Australian as one of the most influential people in higher education in 2014 and 2015.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO: Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gardner is Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and was recently made a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Professor Gardner has previously been chair of Museum Victoria and chaired the Strategic Advisory Committee and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She has also been a member of various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.

In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.


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