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The Role of Universities in a Post-COVID world
Members Lunch with Prof John Dewar AO
May 27, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm$80.00 – $95.00
The last two years have presented numerous challenges for Victoria’s universities, with COVID-19 affecting almost every area of their activity. The impact on revenue from international student enrolments has been well publicised, while universities have also had to grapple with how best to continue teaching, learning and research remotely and how to support displaced workers, the community and businesses during the pandemic.
Professor John Dewar, Chair of Universities Australia and La Trobe University’s Vice-Chancellor since 2012, has overseen the biggest transformation ever undertaken in La Trobe’s 55-year history. The University has reset its strategy so it can navigate the financial impacts of the pandemic and emerge as a more resilient, future-focused, and efficient institution. La Trobe’s new mission is focused on how it can contribute to economic development and serve the public good, especially by supporting skills development, innovation and productivity and by working more effectively with industry.
Professor Dewar will talk with Melbourne Forum about ‘The role of universities in a post-COVID world’. As Chair of Universities Australia, John is also well placed to discuss and assess the policy settings we can expect for the higher education sector following the federal election on 21 May.
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