Who should go to university: only the select or all who want to?
The introduction of demand driven student funding challenges the deeply held instinct of many that university should be for the brightest. Protectionists argue that tertiary education standards would fall, universities wouldn’t cope with the wide level of capability and interest and that an over-educated workforce will not serve the economy. This talk will consider the logic for, and implications of, universities being part of the general education system which all Australians access.
Conor King, Executive Director of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), is a leader in policy and strategy across the higher education a sector.
IRU is a network of six comprehensive universities around Australia committed to inclusive excellence in university teaching and research. IRU membership comprises Charles Darwin University, James Cook University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Flinders University and Murdoch University.
Conor leads the IRU’s engagement with Government, making a significant contribution to Higher Education Policy in Australia. He comments regularly on current Higher Education Issues at http://www.iru.edu.au/news/executive-director's-comment.aspxHaving served as a senior executive with the then Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health from 1995 to 1998 he became Director of Policy and Analysis with the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee from 1998 to 2005. He went on to be Institutional Strategist to Victoria University between 2006 and 2008 and then Principal Consultant with Phillips KPA, in 2009 and 2010.
Monday 28th September, 1-2pm.
Richard Berry-G03 (Evan Williams Theatre)