International Forum

Universities: Transforming cities and their regions

Universities: Transforming Cities and Their Regions

The University of Newcastle sincerely thanks delegates to the Universities: Transforming Cities and their Regions Forum, held in Newcastle on 22-23 September 2015.

Across two days, the Forum brought together leaders from higher education, industry and government to discuss opportunities and strategies for regional transformation. Keynote speakers from Australia and across the world explored global precedents for regional transition and the catalyst role of universities. Interactive panel discussions and facilitated workshops engaged every delegate in the conversation, and we benefited from their extensive range of perspectives focused on opportunities and strategies to drive renewal.

You can view the full program here.

The Forum was particularly timely in light of the Government's recent emphasis on the need to build competitive, skilled and sustainable cities and regions for the future. With the issue now firmly on the national agenda, the outcomes of discussions at the Forum will further contribute to a discussion that is taking place across Australia, with our forthcoming Roadmap for urban and regional transformation likely to make a significant contribution.

The roadmap is intended to guide regions seeking transformation and renewal, including with a focus on the contributions of universities. The Forum and subsequent development of the Roadmap have stimulated a discussion that will continue, and we welcome your engagement to help to further shape the Roadmap and its support for cities and regions that are embarking on their own transformation journeys. You can engage with us directly by using our feedback form.

Thank you once again – we will contact you again prior to the release of the Roadmap for urban and regional transformation in early 2016.

For further enquiries please contact Carla McBride, Office of the Vice-Chancellor on +61 2 4921 6571 or