2021 Presentations

2021 LH Martin Institute Conference

The Conference theme for 2021 is: The role of Tertiary Education in supporting post-Covid social, environmental and economic recovery. Due to the ongoing pandemic, exploring this theme will take place online over three days, between Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 October. Over these three days, participants will hear from leading figures in the sector, who will consider, challenge and share insights on the role of the sector in a post-Covid recovery.

  • Session 1:  The role of tertiary education in supporting post-COVID social, environmental and economic recovery (Tuesday 26 October)

    The aim of this session is to consider the role of tertiary education in rebuilding Australia post-COVID, across the economic, social and environmental spheres. It will explore this role in terms analogous to the rebuild that occurred post World War 2.The session will look at this from a short, medium and longer-term perspective. Consideration will be given to both the VET and HE sectors. This session will also look at what a fit-for-purpose tertiary education sector that can robustly contribute to and help ensure Australia’s recovery should look like.


    Professor Stephen Parker AO, Principal, Higher Education and Research Group

    • Teresa Tjia, Dean of Students and Registrar at Federation University
    • Associate Professor Ian Marshman AM, Honorary Principal Fellow, Melbourne CSHE
    • Dr John Howard, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Innovation and Enterprise University of Technology Sydney
  • Session 2: International education - future post-Covid (Wednesday 27 October)

    What will international education look like into the future? What does this mean for the tertiary education sector and its ability to contribute to a post-COVID recovery, particularly given its role as one of the nation’s leading export industries. Will falling international income force the sector to shrink, and if so, what are the implications for research and innovation, which have increasingly been funded through discretionary funding made possible by international education.
    Against this is the supercharging of online delivery. How will Australia’s universities function in the face of increasing online competition and how will this shape their ability to contribute to the nation’s recovery?


    Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University

    • Helen Kronberger, Manager, International Education, AusTrade
    • Dr Paul Rowland, Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce
    • Professor Chris Ziguras, Associate Dean, Global & Language Studies, RMIT
  • Session 3: Industry, Community and Education Linkages (Thursday 28 October)

    The session looks at links between industry, community and tertiary education. It will explore the role of tertiary-sector led Innovation hubs, including lessons for business-as-usual approaches to innovation. The session will outline good practice and new models from Australia and across the world, to determine how the sector can better partner with industry to deliver a robust economic, environmental and social recovery.


    Professor Jane den Hollander, former Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

    • Professor Bruce Wilson, Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence, RMIT
    • Mary Faraone, CEO, Holmesglen Institute, Chair of TAFE Directors Australia
    • Dr Siew Fang Law, Senior Lecturer (Engagement, Collaboration and Partnership), Melbourne CSHE, The University of Melbourne

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