Sunday, 3 November 2013

Women the exception for universities Australia


It seems that Universities Australia is on side in ensuring Universities are run by men.

Check out the Higher Education conference 2013:
https://www.etouches.com/ehome/48130

Here is the text from the website - now.
"The conference features an exceptional line up of speakers including:
Professor Anant Agarwal, President, edX
Mr Simon Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, FutureLearn (UK)
Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia
Mr John Warren, Manager, Australia & New Zealand Research Programs, Microsoft
Ms Alison Johns, Head of Leadership, Governance and Management, HEFCE (UK)
Mr Mark Scott, Managing Director, ABC
Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist
Dr Robert W Conn, President, The Kavli Foundation
Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate"
The 'exceptional line up' in the original email they sent out did not include a single woman. Here is that list:
"Conference highlights include:
The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia (invited)
Professor Anant Agarwal, President, edX
Mr Simon Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, FutureLearn (UK)
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education (invited)
Mr Mark Scott, Managing Director, ABC
The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition (invited)
Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist
Sir Richard Lambert, Chancellor, University of Warwick, UK
Dr Robert W Conn, President, The Kavli Foundation
Mr Ian Frazer, CEO & Director of Research TRI Pty Ltd, The University of Queensland
Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate"

At least now there is one woman considered to be an exceptional highlight.

Next we need a line-up and a theme that will do more than speak to the fantasies of a handful of politicians and vice-chancellors and actually confront the really significant challenges higher education has, perhaps with a view to lobbying on its behalf instead of telling politicians just how much higher education supports them. I am not currently hopeful.




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