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.


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.

B/HERT member PricewaterhouseCoopers has issued a report about missed opportunity by Australian companies for growth in Asia. Read the report here.

B/HERT President, Ken Boal spoke to The Australian Financial Review’s Jennifer Hewitt on Wednesday 1st July 2015 about how government spending on support, research and innovation does not necessarily equate to better performance in the global economy. He identifies the spending method of funds rather than the amount of funds allocated as being a major hurdle to innovative advancement. He discusses the goals of Business/ Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) and the need for clearer direction for industry/ university engagement. Read the full article here.

Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology, Sydney (a B/HERT member) wrote an opinion piece for The Campus Review on June 30, 2015. He talks about the importance of universities as drivers of innovation in the Australian economy, and the need for more collaboration with the government, industry and the community. He suggests a number of changes that could help boost national productivity including reformation of the education model, policy review and calculated risk taking. Read the full article here.

New members elected to the B/HERT board in March 2015. Read their bios here.

Recent Publications available to download:

B/HERT News #33 Just-in-Time Knowledge: The value proposition of MOOCs and Online Learning

Internet of Everything: Powering the Smart Campus and the Smart City: Geelong's Transformation to a Smart City round table report

Big Data Application round table report

Notes from round table on Engagement, Innovation and the Digital Age




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. 

Tues 17 November 2015
Crown Towers, Palladium C, Melbourne

Register to attend
the 2015 B/HERT
Awards Dinner

In attendance will be Vice-Chancellors, senior university executives, academics running collaborative projects, CEOs, members of leading organisations in business and industry, members of the community and government figures. 

Learn how collaboration between universities and business/ industry can boost innovation in Australia and raise national productivity.

The Awards are: Best Research and Development Collaboration, Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration, Best Community Engagement Collaboration, Excellence in Accounting Teaching Collaboration, (of these 4 categories, one project will receive $10,000), 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.


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.

In partnership with Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside, B/HERT presented the Big Data Application Round Table on Tuesday February 17, 2015 at Curtin University. Read the Agenda for the Round Table or read the ABC News article "Science and business coming together in the Mid West".

B/HERT in conjunction with B/HERT members, Edith Cowan University, Cisco and Dimension Data held the Cyber Security Round Table on November 6.


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