The University of Newcastle, Australia

Transforming Regional Cities Forum

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Global leaders visit the Hunter to shape 'blueprint' for regional renewal
Prof Caroline McMillen, Dr David Sweeney and Dr Tom Corr
Prof Caroline McMillen, Dr David Sweeney and Dr Tom Corr

Leaders in industry, policy and higher education from across Australian and worldwide are meeting in the Hunter this week for a major international forum, Universities: Transforming Cities and their Regions, organised by the University of Newcastle as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The outcomes of the Forum, taking place in Newcastle, will shape a developing national discussion focused on renewing cities and their regions. It follows the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday of the first federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, the Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, and Mr Turnbull's commitment to creating liveable cities and regions that are also economic assets.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said universities have a fundamental role in shaping the future, particularly in regions which are the engine room of national economies.

"The economy of Newcastle and regions across New South Wales are in transition, and we must position to grow new jobs and new businesses through the attraction and retention of new skills and talent, supported by strong and targeted education, research and innovation initiatives." 

A wide range of industry, university and civic leaders will gather in the city for the Forum to share insights and experiences of transformation in their regions, and to shape a 'blueprint' for the role of universities in transforming cities and their regions."

 "This Forum is an opportunity for leaders to work together to consider how to ensure a sustainable and transformative future for regions and their cities. We hope it will stimulate a major discussion about how to navigate the challenges and maximise the opportunities of transition and renewal," said Professor McMillen.

Speakers and contributors to the Forum include:

  • Mr Ken Boal, Vice-President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand
  • Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University (UK)
  • Dr Alan Broadfoot, Director, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (Australia)
  • Mr Philip Clark AM, Chair, Commonwealth's Research Infrastructure Review Panel (Australia)
  • Dr Tom Corr, CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (Canada)
  • Professor Annabelle Duncan, Vice-Chancellor, University of New England (Australia)
  • Ms Caroline Haynes, Director of the Magnet Cities Project, KPMG (UK)
  • Professor Sung Key Jang, Director, Biotech Centre, POSTECH (South Korea)
  • Professor Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh (USA)
  • Mr David Pitchford CBE LVO, Chief Executive, UrbanGrowth NSW (Australia)
  • Ms Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia
  • Professor Colin Stirling, Vice-Chancellor, Flinders University (Australia)
  • Dr David Sweeney, Higher Education Funding Council for England

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