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Gold Coast: Winning Strategies for The Future of Australian International Education In China

18 September 2018

Bond University, Princeton Room, 14 University Drive, Robina, Gold Coast


Date:     Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time:    12:30pm Registration for 1:00 - 3:00pm
Venue:  Princeton Room, Bond University, 14 University Drive, Robina, Gold Coast

With a progressive world-class education system and a multicultural and vibrant society, Australia has succeeded in attracting Chinese students from primary through to tertiary levels. As our nation’s third largest export, the international education sector is forecasted to grow and drive economic growth in other sectors including tourism, investment and export consumption. While the United States, the UK, Canada and our neighbour New Zealand consistently improve their offerings to attract Chinese students, Australia needs to be more strategic and long-sighted about what our international education delivers. The Honourable John Brumby, ACBC National President and Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia will present the keynote speeches at this business luncheon followed by a high-level panel discussion joined by Professor Terry O’Neill, Executive Dean of Bond Business School, Shannon Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast and Janelle Chapman, Executive Director of TAFE Queensland International. Our highly experienced speakers will share their thought-provoking ideas on how this critical sector can further develop and engage the China market.

Topics Covered

  • The shifting educational landscape in China
  • Emerging opportunities in the Australian international education sector
  • How Australian education providers can develop stronger ecosystems for Chinese international students
  • How Australian international education can remain competitive and relevant in the global market 
  • Improving graduate employability
  • How the education sector can better engage other industries
  • What next? 

The Hon John Brumby AO – President, Australia China Business Council
The Hon John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.
During his time as Treasurer and then Premier, Mr Brumby forged closer links with China and Hong Kong, releasing Victoria’s first ever China Strategy, visiting China on numerous occasions, opening new trade and investment offices in Nanjing and Shanghai and officially welcoming then Vice President Xi Jinping to Melbourne in 2010.
Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including: Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund; Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Limited; Chairman of BioCurate Pty Ltd; Chairperson of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust; Chairman of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; and Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Mr Brumby has been the National President and Chairman of the Australia China Business Council since November 2014. He is also an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and in October 2015 released his book titled ‘The Long Haul – Lessons from Public Life’.

Catriona Jackson - Chief Executive, Universities Australia 
Catriona Jackson is the Chief Executive of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s university sector. Catriona is a highly experienced advocate for higher education and has deep experience of the policy making process. Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive in May 2018, she served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for two years, leading UA’s policy team and giving evidence to Parliamentary inquiries, briefing key decision makers and playing a key role in lobbying the government on behalf of the sector. 
She is a former CEO of Science and Technology Australia and 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 advisor. 
Catriona is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics, a founding member of the peak body for not-for-profit science groups, the Science Sector Group (SSG), and co-founded the National Research Alliance within the Australian Academy of Science. 
Catriona is an outstanding communicator who is held in strong regard in higher education, politics and the media.

Professor Terry O’Neill - Executive Dean, Bond Business School
Professor O’Neill joined Bond University in 2014 and prior to being appointed Executive Dean of BBS in May 2016 was the Head of Actuarial Science and the Director of the Centre for Actuarial and Financial Big Data Analytics in the Bond Business School. Previously he was Director of the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics at the Australian National University. He held senior academic positions at ANU for over 35 years. He holds the honorary awards of Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He is a PhD graduate of Stanford University and was also a Fulbright Fellow there. He has held ten large Australian Research Council grants and was lead chief investigator on five of them. His research and consulting capabilities span a large range of areas including applied statistics, big data, economic models and forecasting and finance. He is a very experienced educator who pioneered the introduction of actuarial science at both Bond University and the Australian National University in addition to many other educational initiatives in the business area.

Shannon Willoughby - Chief Executive Officer, Study Gold Coast
Shannon Willoughby is the Chief Executive Officer and Committee Secretary of Study Gold Coast, the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector.
Holding a Bachelor of Communication from Bond University, Shannon is a former senior journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin. Also the former long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast, Shannon is infinitely passionate about the Gold Coast and has been a leader in drawing attention to the city’s issues and potential.
Shannon is currently Councillor for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's (CCIQ) Gold Coast Regional Policy Council and board member of Ohana for Youth, Gen-Z Employment and Regional Development Australia. Shannon also sits on the Regional Community of Practice, led by the State Government’s International Education and Training Unit Queensland.
She leads a team at Study Gold Coast which is committed to enhancing the student experience, creating employability opportunities for all Gold Coast graduates, retain talent on the Gold Coast and attract new
students to call the Gold Coast their home during their education and training.

Janelle Chapman - Executive Director, TAFE Queensland International

Janelle Chapman is the Executive Director, TAFE Queensland International and the lead for all international business activities for TAFE Queensland, the largest VET provider in Queensland. With more than 28 years of experience in international vocational education and training, Janelle has always been a strong advocate for the sector in several positions.  Her team is located across Queensland and also in six markets offshore. Previous roles have also included the school and ELICOS sectors. 
Janelle is passionate about highlighting the importance of the VET sector to Australia’s international industry.  As she has lengthy experience across sectors in classroom delivery, student recruitment, developing articulation pathways to universities, project management for offshore partnerships and business development, this results in a comprehensive understanding of the industry at both operational and strategic level.
Janelle is the TAFE Queensland representative to TAFE Director Australia’s - Australian TAFE International Network and a Board member of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).
Members:                                $125 (+GST and booking fees)
Member Table of 10:              $1200 (+GST and booking fees)
Non- Members:                       $155 (+GST and booking fees)
Non-Member Table of 10:      $1500 (+GST and booking fees)
RSVP:                                      Tuesday 11 September (subject to availability)