Universities Australia's new Chair

Universities Australia's new Chair

22 February 2017

Described by her peers as an inspirational ‘leader of the times’, Professor Margaret Gardner AO makes the leap from Deputy Chair to succeed Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University as the organisation’s new Chair.

“Professor Gardner has been a tremendous champion for equity, diversity and excellence in higher education, as well as a tireless advocate for the role of universities as global drivers of enterprise and innovation,” said Professor Glover. 

Australian higher education remains at a crossroads in its evolution and development, with a record number of full-fee paying international students – the majority at university level – contributing $21 billion to the nation’s economy, according to the federal Education Department. How universities harness higher education as an ‘engine for ideas and growth’, will be critical to the country’s continued economic prosperity and wellbeing acknowledged Gardner.

Advances in innovation and employment growth are steadily becoming defined by the internationalisation of education and research. Universities need to prepare for that environment and the opportunities it brings, and the best prepared will be those that are capable of building global capabilities and understanding.