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Australian universities: on the cusp of profound change?

The Victoria Institute at Victoria University is holding an open discussion on the role and future of Australian universities at the next 'Controversies' public seminar to be held  Wednesday 21 November at VU's City Flinders campus.

The seminar 'New universities for new times?' will explore whether Australian universities will survive under the current business model.

In the Ernst & Young report on the Higher Education sector in Australia, 'University of the future: A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change', the author, Justin Bokor, says, "The current Australian university model will prove unviable in all but a few cases".

The seminar will be a panel discussion with Justin Bokor the report's author, Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland and Professor Stephen Parker, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra.

The moderator for the evening is former Queensland Minister for Education and Premier, Anna Bligh.

The event is being held at Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne from 6 – 7:30pm.

Media are welcome to attend

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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