The final Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Awards, a celebration and recognition of high impact university collaborations, were held at the Engagement Australia Conference Dinner in Brisbane on Thursday 29 August. Established by BHERT in 1998, the BHERT Awards recognised the best – the highest impact and most innovative – university partnerships in Australia.
BHERT has announced its closure, and its final Awards were presented in partnership with Engagement Australia. Engagement Australia will conduct the Collaboration Awards from 2020. At the Conference Dinner, 2006 Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer AC noted that projects led by his team at the University of Queensland had been commended by BHERT in one of the first years of the BHERT Awards (1999) and in their last year (2019). He thanked BHERT for their support to collaborative endeavours in the university community.
The 2019 Award winners come from many sectors of Australian industry and community, and addressed Australia’s most important challenges. Spanning enterprises in research and development, higher education and training, community engagement, and national benefit, this year’s Award recipients have demonstrated the impact of business-university and community-university collaboration in Australia.
Dr Peter Binks, CEO of BHERT, acknowledged the quality of the Applications and of the Finalists:
2019 saw a record number of Applications – 156 submissions from 31 universities and over 400 companies and organisations – and the 12 Award Winners were outstanding collaborative partnerships. Our Panel was impressed by the strength and impact of these partnerships, and the commitment by businesses, communities and universities to work together. These partnerships had been in place for decades, had built workforces, launched companies, changed lives and communities, protected national assets, and shaped the way we support disadvantaged groups. Australian university-industry and university-community partnerships are continuing to grow in number and importance – and are making a vital contribution to our nation.
In 2019, the winners include:
It was notable that 10 universities were Award winners, and that 7 of the 12 winning teams were led by women.
BHERT has also honoured Monash University Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer with its prestigious Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Leadership in Collaboration, for her work in building Australia’s capacity in Early Childhood Education over the last 25 years. Professor Fleer has established deep partnerships with Australian Government, Victorian Government, Early Childhood Australia, and many schools.
The presentation of the 2019 Awards was BHERT’s last formal activity. Dr Binks thanked Engagement Australia for their support to the 2019 Awards, and wished them every success for the Awards from 2020. BHERT thanked its Members, its Board Directors and staff, its outstanding Judges Panels, and over 1,000 teams from across Australian universities, companies and community who have supported it over the last 28 years.
Program: Intelligent Robotics in Infrastructure Maintenance
Program: Polymer Injection technology for Green Steelmaking
Program: Polynucleotide-based immunotherapies to treat chronic viral infections and associated diseases
Program: Best Practice in Contemporary Patient Care and Safety Program
Program: Bachelor of Creative Intelligence & Innovation at UTS
Program: RMIT Digital Credentials Program
Program: YuMi Deadly Maths Program at QUT
Program: Farming Together Program
Program: Early Autism Detection with ASDetect
Program: RMIT ABC Fact Check
Program: Integrated marine monitoring for port operations in the Great Barrier Reef
Winner: Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer Director, Conceptual PlayLab, Monash University
for sustained collaboration with the early childhood education sector and impact and upskilling of its teacher sector
Driving collaboration across business, industry and tertiary education.
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