Australia-US Policy Exchange

13 March 2013

Time: 7:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Melbourne

Contact: Angela Henderson, Grattan Institute

Phone: +61 3 8344 9041

Email: angela.henderson@grattan.edu.au

What can governments do to accelerate innovation and the diffusion of ideas through businesses? How are technology and global competition changing higher education? What can governments in federal systems do to improve school education? Why are our schools doing badly in global measures and what does it mean for our economy?

This Alliance 21 Education and Innovation theme event hosted by the Grattan Institute in Melbourne will seek to answer these and other vital questions by bringing together leading thinkers from Australia and the US to exchange ideas and expertise on education and innovation policy.

Convened by theme leader John Daley, chief executive officer of the Grattan Institute, and hosted by PwC Australia, the day is a unique opportunity to shape a national reform agenda by exploring the links between school and higher education, innovation and productivity. Findings will be distilled into a policy options paper to be presented to the Australian Government in mid-2014.

The conference will comprise three seminars that look in turn at Innovation, Higher Education and School Education. At each session an expert panel will identify core issues, trends and challenges. All participants will then be invited to join the discussion.

Papers presented will provide insights into US trends in thinking about innovation and intellectual property, explore the prospects for higher education as it globalises and reacts to the online education revolution, and discuss how policy makers in the United States and Australia are approaching demands to improve school education outcomes.

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