Registrations for this year’s annual Unimutual Conference will soon be open. The 2018 Conference will be held 5-7 September at the Parkroyal Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney – please save the date.
The Conference is an opportunity for members and other interested parties to come together and hear industry news and topical updates from education, risk, governance and insurance professionals.
More information will follow soon about the theme of the conference and how to register. In the meantime, please contact Belle Truelove at email@example.com or 02 9247 7333 with any other enquiries.
Conference Theme – Taking the Big Risks
Since the founding of the University of Sydney in 1850, to meet the higher education needs of the Australian colonies, our sector has been taking the big risks. The creation of a new, Australian Model of university education, was a path extremely different to those traditional English institutions of Oxford and Cambridge. The Australian Model, was designed to meet the specific requirements of the thriving, pioneering colonies and eventually designed to serve the entire Commonwealth. In the mid-19th century, it was a risky decision, but proved to be the formula for the rapid creation of world class institutions.
Since 1850, the number of domestic universities has grown, as has their practice of taking the “big risks.” Many new universities have been created, opening numerous new campuses, in all states and territories. They currently engage in world class research, investigating the health and welfare of the planet and it people’s. In today’s university environment, institutions are still taking considerable risks as they navigate the modern competitive environment. They are embracing new teaching tools such as digital technology and sharing much of their knowledge with the world.
Our institutions are changing the face of pedagogy, communication, and even their very physical forms, to remain sustainable in today’s environment. We see institutions expanding overseas and to underserviced regions of Australia. We see institutions physically relocating campuses to better serve their local communities and improve their branding. We see institutions outsourcing substantial aspects of traditional institutional activities, such as student housing. Finally, we see universities blazing paths in the digital universe, while confronting cybercrime and the dark side of the Internet.
At this year’s conference, we will explore some of the “big risks” our sector is taking, to better understand the drivers of these risks and how they are managed and mitigated. We will hear from our Members, as they discuss their changing risk profiles and the opportunities the hope will arise from taking the big risks.