Leaders of new unis to meet in Australia

Date: 01/03/2002

Vice-Chancellors, rectors and presidents of new universities from around the world will meet in Australia at the 'New Generation Universities Conference' hosted by the University of Western Sydney in June this year.

Leaders of Australian and international institutions granted university status since 1970 have been invited to participate in the conference subtitled 'Celebrating youth and diversity in higher education institutions'.

The 'New Generation University Conference' is the first of its kind in the world. It is the initiative of Professor Janice Reid, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney who will be hosting this unique conference.

"New universities share many challenges, constraints and ambitions regardless of geographic location simply by virtue of their youth," Professor Reid said.

"This conference is an excellent opportunity to mingle with international peers and to link with innovative and successful university leaders from around the world."

The conference program is designed to encourage interaction and participation.
Speakers from a variety of countries and institutions will focus on three major themes:

. Perspectives on Institutional Youth: National Experiences and Challenges.
. Emerging Professions, Knowledge and Multi-disciplinarity in the "New University"
. Research and its Development in Young Universities.

The dates for the New Generation Universities Conference are 21 - 22 June 2002, concluding two days prior to the International Association of University Presidents XIII Triennial conference, also being held in Australia.

The conference is a partnership between the University of Western Sydney, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the OECD's Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education.

For more information please visit www.uws.edu.au/uws/conferences/nguc


For media information and electronic pictures of Professor Janice Reid please contact:

Mikael Kjaerbye
UWS Media Manager
Ph: +61 2 9678 7418
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Email: m.kjaerbye@uws.edu.au

Suzi Blair
New Generation Universities Conference Coordinator
Ph: +61 2 9678 7312
Email: s.blair@uws.edu.au