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International exchange a boost for future-facing universities

11 April 2024

Leading Australian universities are paving the way in the delivery of cutting-edge solutions in technology, applied research and industry partnerships, and will share their experiences with some international counterparts starting Monday in Perth. 

Leaders from across the Australian Technology Network (ATN) Universities group – Curtin University, Deakin University, RMIT, The University of Newcastle, University of South Australia and UTS – and representatives from the UK University Alliance (UA) member universities, will meet at campuses across Australia next week.  

ATN Interim Executive Director, Frank Coletta, said the international partnership benefits all universities involved by facilitating an exchange of experiences and ideas on current and future education models.  

“ATN universities and the members of University Alliance share a focus on innovation – which includes growing their impact in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing AI technologies and their best practice use and finding sectoral leading ways in which to deliver industry-engaged curricula. These themes will drive the conversation between our future leaders across the week,” he said.   

“Economies and workforces are changing, and universities will be more crucial than ever to ensure that we can meet the skills needs that come from this. This international exchange allows our best and brightest to discuss and debate how best for universities to continue to evolve with industries and their communities.” 

The week-long visit is part of the ATN Universities and UK University Alliance Future Leaders Program, an alliance which fosters knowledge sharing and mentorship between existing and emerging leaders from the member universities in Australia and the UK.  

“ATN universities are focused on delivering modern education and training, in line with the recommendations delivered in the recent Universities Accord final report. Opportunities like the Future Leaders Program build on this vision alongside our work with government and industry in a significant year of higher education reform.”  

Vanessa Wilson, CEO of University Alliance, said, “As respective representative bodies of world-leading professional and technical universities, University Alliance and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) are natural global partners to explore mutual collaborations in their respective strength areas of innovation, knowledge exchange, industry partnership, teaching and applied research. We are delighted that through our sponsor Technology One, who have made the visit possible, and through the partnership with ATN we are able to bring current and future leaders from across our membership to engage in positive dialogue and opportunities to share best practice and collaborate.” 

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