Re-conceptualising tertiary education

The Mitchell Institute had the great benefit of working with Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University recently when he joined the Institute for four weeks in September as a Visiting Fellow.

Professor Dawkins' previous research has covered such issues as education, human capital, labour markets, unemployment, tax and welfare, innovation and productivity. In late 2013 he was active in writing about federalism and education policy.

While working with Mitchell Institute, Professor Dawkins’ focus was on exploring policy challenges and options that could support the creation of new tertiary education pathways for young people to succeed in the labour market.

Towards the end of his stay, the Mitchell Institute hosted a highly successful roundtable on the issue with key thinkers in the field.

The discussion produced a bank of ideas and options and the Institute is currently undertaking further work to progress this towards a policy paper which will be released in late February 2014.

Related media coverage

24 Nov 2013: Funding reform is vital to improve higher education, Australian Financial Review, Mark Burford, Mitchell Institute (digital subscription required).

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