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25 Years of Outstanding Achievements
BHERT News #34 - November 2015

25 Years Outstanding Achievements BHERT

To commemorate BHERT’s 25 year anniversary milestone, former presidents shared their reflections on their time at BHERT and their visions of the future for university and business collaboration. Other articles looked at the natural partnership between researchers and business.

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Ken Boal

President's Message
Ken Boal, President BHERT

Each BHERT president has faced particular issues and challenges during his term which in-turn has had an impact on BHERT's members, for example a change in government policy, an increased focus on philanthropy, recalibration of the higher education funding model, a reduction in business R&D, workforce issues such as the decline in STEM, graduates, the relevance of manufacturing to the nation's economic future, the rise of MOOCs, the value of tertiary education as an export industry and consequently international students, and most importantly the state of collaboration between the sectors of business, industry and tertiary education.

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Catherine Livingstone

Perspective: 'knowledge enabling new business models' rather than the 'commercialisation of IP'
Catherine Livingstone AO, President Business Council of Australia

If the mindset in universities was 'knowledge enabling new business models' rather than the 'commercialisation of IP', the economic value impact might be greater.

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Professor Ashley Goldsworthy

The need to create more effective links between business and higher education
Professor Ashley Goldsworthy AO OBE KM FTSE

Dynamic changes in structures, processes, opportunities and mindsets will need to be the drivers of change. The status quo is a very inappropriate indicator of the future we need in higher education in Australia.

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Erich Mayer

Large business can learn a lot from small business
Erich Mayer AM

The management skills required to successfully operate a very small business differ so significantly, in so many respects, to those that I had acquired through my big business experience.

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Roland Williams

BHERT: A forum for dialogue
Roland Williams CBE

BHERT received warm reception from the body of Australian Vice-Chancellors from the outset and this enthusiasm was fortunately still largely sustained through the first decade.

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Rob Stewart

Shaping debates and discussion
Rob Stewart AM

Rob Stewart's period as BHERT President was dominated by helping to shape the debate and discussions around the outcome of the Nelson Review into Higher Education which led to a number of significant changes in the Federal Government funding model being announced in the 2003-4 Budget.

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David Hind

BHERT: Primary role of promoting collaboration
David Hind

BHERT sits in a world where Australia ranks near the bottom of the OECD in its connectivity between business and higher education. So I saw our key roles as being to promote collaboration and to present a united business/higher education front to other stakeholders where doing so was appropriate and valuable.

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Peter Tyree

Changes that encourage more industry interaction with universities
Peter Tyree

I have long held the view that too many employers are apathetic to the longterm benefits of well trained, well-educated and practical graduates who are trained in line with both industry specific and industry influenced curricula.

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Bill Scales

The importance of business/ higher education collaboration
Bill Scales AO Bec HonDUniv FIPAA FAICD

Whatever the structure of the Australian economy, it is critically important that our economy pursues 'seeds of growth' that are sustainable and globally relevant. To do so requires not only business to collaborate, but it also requires the businesses and the higher education sector to work creatively and collaboratively.

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Renee Hindmars

Powering innovation through collaboration
Renee Hindmarsh, Executive Director, Australian Technology Network

Building partnerships between universities and industry is key to sustaining Australia's economic growth in a rapidly evolving global economy. The capacity to boost our economy, grow businesses and create jobs increases when businesses and researchers work together to produce outcomes that could not be achieved on their own.

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Professor Rocky de Nys
Andrew Lawson

Innovative Research: An exemplar of university and industry cooperation
Professor Rocky de Nys, James Cook University, and
Andrew Lawson, MBD Energy

How algae researchers are working with business to transform the aquaculture industry in North Queensland. Mr Lawson and Professor de Nys highlight the PhD completions as an important outcome of the collaboration which both sides valued very highly.

Post-doctoral researcher staff must have the necessary technical support to swiftly turn around industry questions. Essentially the industry solution is driven by post-doctoral staff with strong technical support, with postgraduate students undertaking more bluesky research.

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Professor Sally Ferguson

Selflessness of volunteer firefighters still a challenge
Professor Sally Ferguson, CQUniversity

Better ways of protecting Australia's rural firefighters from their own dedication are needed, according to new research by CQUniversity. The research on the operational readiness of firefighters was a collaborative effort involving a colleague from Deakin University, peak fire agencies who were very concerned about the problem of managing first strike teams and relief crews.

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Dr Milica Ng

An AMSI intern's journey
Dr Milica Ng, CSL Bioinformatics

CSL Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Dr Milica Ng talks about her journey from AMSI Intern PhD student to supervisor and how the program opens doors for researchers in industry.

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