Exploring the Value of Higher Education to the Economy

11 – 13 July 2013


The University of Auckland Business School
Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road

Telephone contact: Business School Level 1 Reception: 923 3300 (within Auckland): +64 9 923 3300 (overseas)


  Thursday 11 July – Day 1: EMPLOYABILITY






Session 1

Registration:  Auckland Business School, Area 071 Level 0 

Opening Ceremony

Chair: Ms Penny Fenwick, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand: Professor Roy Crawford, Chair of Universities New Zealand and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato

Welcome from the ACU: Professor John Wood, Secretary General, The ACU

Keynote Address: Dr Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General and Deputy Director, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
Topic: ‘Are universities fit for purpose?’

Developing the ThemeProfessor Roy Crawford, Chair of Universities New Zealand and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato
Topic:  'Are today's graduates employable?'



Refreshment break


Session 2

Plenary 1: ‘Graduate Employability’

Chair: Professor John Wood, Secretary General, The ACU

SpeakerHon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand

RespondentProfessor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor, University of the South Pacific


Lunch and networking




Session 3

Employability Workshop

Chair:  Ms Joyce Achampong, Director, External Engagement, The ACU

  • Tai-Marie Yorston, Senior Career Education Advisor, Careers New Zealand: '"Marketable Identity" - the key to employability'
  • Shaun Pulman, Career Development Consultant and Catherine Stephens, Career Development and Employment Services Manager, University of Auckland: "How can educators and employers assist students individually and collectively to build career management competencies, so that they can maximise the human capabilities of those who are entering the workplace?"
  • Jane Fletcher, Victoria Plus Award Coordinator, and Liz Medford, Manager, Career Development and Employment, Victoria University of Wellington: "Victoria Plus Award - how students are connecting the employability dots"


Refreshment break


Session 4

Employability Panel

Chair:  Professor Sarath Amunugama, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

  • Professor Adam Shoemaker, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Monash University, Australia
  • Thamsanqa Maqubela, CEO of the South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA)
  • Mr Tim Watts, Director, GradConnetion, New Zealand and Chair, New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE) 

Friday 12 July – Day 2: VALUE




Session 5

Plenary 2: ‘What is the value of graduates to the economy?’

Chair: Roger Smyth, Senior Manager, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, New Zealand Ministry of Education

  • Showcase 1: The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand (GLSNZ)

     PresenterDr Karen Tustin, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, GLSNZ


  • Showcase 2: The Talloires Network’s ‘Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI)'

     Presenter: Ms Amy Newcomb Rowe, Program Manager, Talloires Network


Refreshment break


Session 6

'Value of Tertiary Education' Workshop

Chair: Jonathan Hughes, Principal Advisor, Universities New Zealand

  • Roger Smyth, Senior Manager, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, New Zealand Ministry of Education: 'How much value is added by a person's tertiary education?'
  • Sebastian Doelle, Analyst, The New Zealand Treasury: 'Private and public benefits to tertiary education - do current investment levels reflect the returns?'
  • Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University: 'The value of distance education: burden or blessing?'


Lunch and networking




Session 7

Plenary 3: ‘Exploring the Value of Partnerships’

Chair: Pete Hodkinson, President, New Zealand Union of Students' Associations

Speaker 1: Kevin Palfreyman, External Relationships Liaison Manager, Research, Science, Technology & Development, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, New Zealand

Speaker 2: Martin Smith, Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability, University of Wollongong, Australia

Title: 'Partnerships to benefit students, universities, industry... and the nation'


Refreshment break


Session 8

'Value of Partnerships' Workshop

Chair:  Professor John Wood, Secretary General, The ACU

1.  Chris Bridgman, Careers, Internships and Employment Manager, University of Canterbury, and Liz Medford, Manager, Career Development and Employment, Victoria University of Wellington: 'NZUniCareerHub - an integrated approach to student and graduate employment' 

Jan Blair, Human Resources Coach, Russell McVeagh, and NZAGE Board Member



Conference Dinner

Venue:                 Top of the Town
                             Pullman Hotel
                             Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street

                             Tel:  +64 9 353 1000                             

1830                   Guests arrive for pre-dinner drinks

1900                   Guests sit for dinner

Saturday 13 July – Day 3: MOBILITY




Session 9

Plenary 4: ‘Should there be greater mobility between the TVET and HE sectors and between employment and HE?’

Chair:  Dorothy Garland, Director, Professional Networks, The ACU

Speaker 1Ms Vicki Thomson, Executive Director, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)    

Speaker 2:  Dr Rick Ede, Chief Executive, Unitec Institute of Technology  


Refreshment break


Session 10

Closure: What have we learned? Where are we now? Where do we go from here?

Concluding Lunch

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