Education Minister Dan Tehan will open the session with a response to key questions about the future of regional campuses, followed by a wide-ranging discussion with the panellists.
Regional Higher Education institutions have a special place in their communities – as key employers and educators.
Why do the best and brightest students still look right past them and head to the city then?
How many local industries are thriving because of the workforce and research innovations they can deliver? This session will examine the future for rural universities, covering a range of key issues:
- Can regional campuses become a destination for the best and brightest?
- What should regional campuses drop so they can become more relevant and better differentiated?
- Will poor urban universities be sidelined as regions win preferential treatment?
- How can regional campuses remain viable given their smaller market size, fewer economies of scale and higher costs of operation?
- Are regional campuses positioned to deliver work-ready graduates, given the pace of technological change and workforce needs in regional industries?
- Does open access matter to regional communities – do they care about freely accessing research outcomes from their local university?
- What is the potential for universities to become critical economic hubs in regional Australia?
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