Celebrating Australian Industry-University Collaboration
Winners announced at the BHERT Awards Dinner
Winners of the 2017 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National (non-economic) Benefit pictured above.
Read about the winning projects on the Campus Morning Mail website
A recent survey reported that over 60% of organisations had been breached in 2015. This suggests that all organisations, no matter their size need to have a cyber incident response plan in place. In this issue of The BHERT News we invited experts in the field of cybersecurity to offer their knowledge on how you can shape your organisation's actions to the ever-changing digital landscape.
BHERT promotes and facilitates:
BHERT adds value through its unique membership, its engagement on policy issues with government and its commitment to better business/education outcomes through collaboration.
Campus Morning Mail's Stephen Matchett has included BHERT's CEO, Peter Binks, on his list of Achievers of the Year. Stephen Matchett writes, "Every galah in the policy pet shop (to paraphrase some bloke called Keating) talks about the need for universities and industry to engage – Binks does something about it daily. Taking over as head of the Business Higher Education Roundtable in February Dr Binks is keen on expanding BHERT into new fields, such as artificial intelligence, health and medicine to match its existing work with established industries including agriculture, minerals and energy. He is well-placed to do it. Binks has a PhD in astro-physics and a long career in research roles for major companies".
An interview with Ken Boal, Vice-President of Cisco Systems and Immediate Past-President of BHERT, was featured by Campus Morning Mail on November 9. Mr Boal praised the increasing collaboration between universities and companies, and urged that the next step was to “adjust incentive programs, recognitions and promotions such that industry engagement is valued”. He noted the large number of collaborations, and detailed the benefits in terms of investment, new companies, and intellectual property.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, in making the keynote address at the AFR Innovation Summit in Sydney on 19 September, referred to work undertaken by BHERT, IP Australia, ATSE, and the Department of Industry, to demonstrate that Australia’s industry-university collaboration is much better than previous numbers indicate.
BHERT's CEO Dr Peter Binks discussed effective collaborative partnerships in Australia in an article for The Weekly Times (19th July) entitled "Universities and companies gain from working together". He highlighted the effectiveness of university accelerator or incubator programs in helping to develop small businesses. Dr Binks reiterated BHERT's mission to celebrate excellence in collaboration where recognition is not always forthcoming.
The full article can be read here.
Ms Susan Bannigan, Chief Executive of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, (pictured below) was elected to BHERT President.
The Board of BHERT is delighted to announce the election of Ms Susan Bannigan as President of BHERT. Susan has been a Director of BHERT since November 2015. She has a deep commitment to engagement between companies and the higher education sector, and has been prominent in promoting a focus on the emerging needs of the Australian workforce.
She was unanimously elected by the BHERT Board, and at the BHERT Annual General Meeting on November 21, 2017, was welcomed by the Members of BHERT, and the outgoing President, Mr Ken Boal.
At the AGM, Ms Bannigan took the opportunity to thank the outgoing President, Mr Ken Boal of Cisco Systems, for his leadership of BHERT over the last three years. Mr Boal will remain on the BHERT Board as Immediate Past President until the 2018 AGM.
The Report “Shifting the Dial” was tabled in Parliament on October 24, and is the first in a series of 5-year Productivity Reviews. It departs from previous practise in that for the first time it directly addresses social factors; notably inequality: “A key issue will be to ensure that future economic, social and environmental policies sustain inclusive growth ... Productivity growth provides a capacity for higher incomes and poverty alleviation. The motivation for limiting inequality extends beyond its intrinsic value to the desirability of avoiding too great a dispersion in incomes, given evidence that this can, in its own right, adversely affect productivity growth. Public support is also more likely for reforms that offer benefits to the bulk of people.”
In June 2017, the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science released their annual National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC), displaying data from 2013–2015. This results from surveys of publicly-funded Australian institutions, including 38 Universities. The analysis revealed a wealth of activity: over 13,000 research contracts, consultancies and collaborations conducted by Australian Universities in 2015, up from 10,000 in 2013. Universities support 74% of the collaboration
activities identified, and the invested value of the collaborations was A$1.2 billion in 2015.
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