The Business/Higher Education Round Table is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 1990 to strengthen the relationship between business and higher education. B/HERT is the only organisation with members who are leaders in higher education, business, industry bodies and research institutions.


Quick reference guide to the Australian Government National Innovation and Science Agenda

To collaborate is to innovate. Read about B/HERT's commitment to establishing better collaborative networks between universities and business in Universities Australia's newsletter, HIGHER ED.ITION.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham featured as keynote speaker at the B/HERT Awards Dinner on 17 November. Read about collaborative projects that won awards here, and read a transcript of his address here.

In an interview with The Australian, B/HERT President Ken Boal talks about broadening the scope for businesses to better collaborate in research funding for universities. Read more here

Universities Australia chair (and former B/HERT Board Member) Barney Glover calls for a government rethink on higher education policy. Read The Sydney Morning Herald article here.

An article in The Conversation discusses how 'The government's focus on innovation is too narrow'. Read it here.

Newly appointed B/HERT Fellow, Dr Russell J Howard, BSc (Hons), PhD, spoke to The Australian about the hindrances and incentives to promote better research collaboration between universities and businesses. Read the article here.

B/HERT is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Russell J Howard, BSc (Hons), PhD as the inaugural Fellow. Read his bio here.

Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive of CSIRO, discusses the need for Australia to have a more innovative culture. Read the article here.

B/HERT's Strategic Plan for 2015-2017 is now available. Download a copy here.


Recent Publications available to download:

B/HERT News #34 25 Years of Outstanding Achievements





The B/HERT Awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research and development. 

The 2015 B/HERT AWARDS DINNER was held on Tues 17 November 2015 at Crown Towers, Palladium C, Melbourne Read the summary of winners for 2015.

Congratulations to The University of Western Australia, Woodside Energy Ltd, Institute of Railway Technology (Monash University), Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, Australian Rail Track Corporation, Monash University, Bega Cheese, Burra Foods, Cochlear Limited, Cognizant, Devondale Murray Goulburn, Fonterra, Gardiner Foundation, Hilton Manufacturing, Curtin University, ThoughtWorks Australia Pty Ltd, Western Australian Museum, Scitech, Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Astronomy WA, Stargazers Club,  Deakin Business School, Deakin University, CPA Australia,  Westpac Banking Corporation and Anthony Francis of Flinders Partners.

The Awards were: Best Research and Development Collaboration, Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration, Best Community Engagement Collaboration, Excellence in Accounting Teaching Collaboration, , the Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education, Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award and Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education.

See information about past winners.


The 2015 B/HERT Awards Dinner was a resounding success with record attendee numbers. Read about the winners here.

Asst. Executive Director of B/HERT, Christopher Goldsworthy, as part of the Victorian Government Program, Australia Awards Fellowship, addressed the Latin American Delegation about The Role of Research and Industry/ Business Connectivity on September 10, 2015. Read his report here.

A round table about The Future of Accreditation: Disrupting the Profession was held on Monday 10 August, co-hosted by CA ANZ and B/HERT. Read more about the event here.

On June 18, Deakin University, in partnership with IBM, Cisco and B/HERT hosted a round table discussing Geelong's transformation to a Smart City. Read the report here.

The ePortfolio Round Table, held on March 27, 2015, was co-hosted by Deakin University, Macquarie University and University of Southern Queensland. Read the agenda here.


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