Industry-university collaboration has long been recognized as fundamental to an innovative economy. But is Australia as poor as portrayed? BHERT CEO, Dr Peter Binks provides a new perspective, based on CEDA’s analysis with the IMD World Competitiveness Centre, and BHERT’s two decades of Awards.
The last decade has seen a dramatic shift in the way universities approach their responsibilities to provide employment-ready graduates for Australia’s private and public sector.
Forge magazine has published a feature on the winning project for the 2018 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit: Curtin University’s AASQA – the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance – led by Professor Tele Tan. Read about how this program is matching the strengths of individuals on the autism spectrum with shortfalls in the Australian workforce’s programming, IT and mathematics skillsets.
Over the past decade, as Australia has wrestled with the challenges of its post-resources boom economy, shifting global alliances, and the Brexit-Trump double-whammy to the established order, we have had plenty of opportunity to find fault in our own backyard.
BHERT congratulations BHERT Awards Judge, Dr Cathy Foley, on her appointment as Chief Scientist of the CSIRO.
The Australian economy is considerably more difficult for young adults than it was 8 years ago. Building bridges between young people and the workforce can help guide young people as they search for meaningful work. BHERT has written a submission to VicHealth Innovation with suggestions on how to bridge the gap.
19 April 2018 - The President of the Business Higher Education Round Table, Susan Bannigan, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ashley Goldsworthy AO OBE KM as the inaugural Patron of BHERT.
BHERT reviewed the Innovation and Science Australia report Prosperity Through Innovation 2030 provided to the Government in November, and released publicly in late January. BHERT's view is that the ISA proposal to Government is a step forward for innovation in Australia. ISA began from the position that the innovation challenge for Australia lies in the translation of discovery into economic and social benefit.
BHERT Summary February 2018 - In the last Quarter of 2017 the Australian Innovation System Report 2017 was released by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. The Report quantifies the contribution of high-growth firms to the Australian economy and assesses the role of innovation in their growth, and trends in the incidence and attributes of high-growth firms. It also explores the policy considerations related to high-growth firms, and looks more broadly at potential areas for improvement in the general business environment.
The Report вЂњShifting the DialвЂќ was tabled in Parliament on October 24, and is the first in a series of 5-year Productivity Reviews. It departs from previous practise in that for the first time it directly addresses social factors; notably inequality: вЂњA key issue will be to ensure that future economic, social and environmental policies sustain inclusive growth ... Productivity growth provides a capacity for higher incomes and poverty alleviation. The motivation for limiting inequality extends beyond its intrinsic value to the desirability of avoiding too great a dispersion in incomes, given evidence that this can, in its own right, adversely affect productivity growth. Public support is also more likely for reforms that offer benefits to the bulk of people.вЂќ
In June 2017, the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science released their annual National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC), displaying data from 2013вЂ“2015. This results from surveys of publicly-funded Australian institutions, including 38 Universities. The analysis revealed a wealth of activity: over 13,000 research contracts, consultancies and collaborations conducted by Australian Universities in 2015, up from 10,000 in 2013. Universities support 74% of the collaboration activities identified, and the invested value of the collaborations was A$1.2 billion in 2015.
Nov 2017 - New BHERT President, Ms Susan Bannigan, Chief Executive of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, has been elected to succeed Ken Boal, Vice-President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand.
BHERT is delighted to announce that Mr John Paitaridis, Managing Director of Optus Business, joined the BHERT Board in April. Mr Paitaridis is recognised as a leader in the IT industry in Australia, and brings a wealth of business insight to BHERT.
ACEEU is a council dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial and engaged universities. Dr Sharon Winocur, contributed to its inaugural publication, INSIGHT, with an article about 'Engagement in Australia - Creating the Lucky Country'.
BHERT is pleased to welcome Dr Peter Binks as its incoming CEO, succeeding Dr Sharon Winocur. PeterвЂ™s broad experience in the corporate and university sectors has informed his understanding of the value of innovation, and shaped his commitment to collaboration.
BHERT announces the appointment of Dr. Russell J Howard, BSc (Hons), PhD as the inaugural BHERT Fellow. The role of the BHERT Fellow is primarily to raise awareness on issues related to collaboration between the higher education sector, business and industry.
Driving stronger partnerships and collaboration between business, industry, researchers and the higher education sectors was the theme of Senator Simon Birmingham's address to the 2015 BHERT Awards Dinner. Read the transcript of his address.
Driving collaboration across business, industry and tertiary education.
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