University of Sydney International Forum series

The University of Sydney’s International Forum series brings together leaders and thinkers from around the world to present their views on strategic international issues and the way they impact on Australia and the world.

Previous events

ADB Forum with Mr Joe Zveglich

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Joe Zveglich, the Asian Development Bank's assistant chief economist, warned that the downside of the Asian Century will be a huge rise in the region's energy needs.

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Pacific Forum with Dr Jimmie Rodgers

Friday 7 September 2012

Speaking at the Sydney World Program Pacific Forum, Dr. Rodgers has urged Pacific Island countries to think creatively in order to deal with the key challenges of the 21st century.

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Gulf Forum with Mark Paterson, Lynette Wood and Michael Yabsley

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Keynote speakers Mark Paterson, Lynette Wood and Michael Yabsley discuss Australia's growing links with the gulf region at an international forum during the 5 of September, 2012.

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OECD Forum with Mr Aart de Geus

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD, spoke at an International Forum about the importance of higher education and research to the future growth of the Asia-Pacific region.

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ADB Forum with Mr Haruhiko Kuroda

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank, spoke at an International Forum at the University about Asia's 'unfinished agenda' - the need for future growth to be socially inclusive and more widely distributed.

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Africa Forum with the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

Friday 13 May 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd talked about Australia's deepening engagement with Africa and how it is driven by a feeling of confidence that the Continent can realise its full potential in the 21st century.

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India Forum with Dr Chandan Mitra MP

Wednesday April 13 2011

Dr Chandan Mitra MP talked about the rivalry between India and China, and in particular how the outcome of their struggle for supremacy in the Indian Ocean will affect the Asia Pacific region.

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East Asia and Pacific forum with Ivailo Izvorski

Friday 25 March 2011

According to World Bank economist Mr. Ivailo Izvorski, East Asia and the Pacific is set to maintain its position as fastest growing economy in the world.

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Trade, Growth and Jobs : The Blueprint for the EU Trade Policy 2010-2015

Mr Joao Aguiar Machado, the European Commission's Deputy Director General for Trade, will talk about the future direction of EU trade policy at an international forum at the University of Sydney on Monday 13 December.

Mr Aguiar Machado, who is Portuguese, will be talking specifically about Trade, Growth and World Affairs, the EU's newly published blueprint for revitalising Europe's economy.

In the paper, the Commission proposes a strategy to reduce trade barriers, open global markets and get a fair deal for European businesses. The overarching aim is to take a more assertive approach to ensure that the benefits of trade reach European citizens. more...

When: Monday 13 December
Time: 10.30am
Where: Sydney Law School

Reservations are essential. For further information contact .

Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific

Rebalancing the economic growth model in Asia and the Pacific, and the implications for Australia.

Presented by Mr C. Lawrence Greenwood Jr., Vice President (Operations 2) at the Asian Development Bank

Wednesday 8 September 2010

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'Economic Development in the Global Financial Crisis'

Presented by Mr Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Monday 9 August 2010

President José Ramos-Horta on 'Timor-Leste, Regional Integration and Cooperation'

Thursday 24 June 2010

Nobel Peace Laureate and President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta, presented a public address at the University of Sydney’s Great Hall on Thursday 24 June 2010. The address was held on the occasion of the President of Timor-Leste's first state visit to Australia and focused on Timor-Leste, Regional Integration and Cooperation. Click here to download event flyer.

President Ramos-Horta has been a key figure in the political life of Timor-Leste (East Timor) for more than 30 years. At the onset of the Indonesian invasion in 1975, he left Timor-Leste to lobby foreign governments and the UN to take action against the Indonesian military onslaught. He spent 24 years in exile fighting for his country's independence.

Dr Ramos-Horta says his priorities are to ensure that his people enjoy peace and security in a strong, prosperous, proud and democratic country. He is dedicated to eradicating poverty in his country through improved public health and education, and through provision of an environment where business can thrive to providing employment for his people.

In December 1996 the Nobel Committee chose to honour Dr José Ramos-Horta and fellow countryman Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo for their 'sustained and self-sacrificing contributions to hinder the oppression of a small people'. The committee said they consider José Ramos-Horta 'the leading international spokesman for Timor-Leste's cause since 1975’ and hoped ‘that this award will spur efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict of Timor-Leste based on the people's right to self- determination’.

President Ramos-Horta is the second president of Timor-Leste since independence from Indonesia in 2002. He has studied Public International Law, Peace Studies, Human Rights Law and American Foreign Policy.

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International Forum: Australia’s Re-Engagement with Africa

Friday 19 March 2010

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More than 220 people attended an International Forum at the University which brought together leaders and thinkers from Africa and Australia to present their views on Australia's relationship with Africa.

Distinguished guests included High Commissioners from African countries, representatives from NGOs, AusAid, DFAT, Austrade, the Australia Africa Business Council, the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, as well as African postgraduate students and academics from a number of Australian universities.

Keynote speakers included Mr Stephen Smith, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr Tendai Biti, the Minister for Finance in Zimbabwe. A high level panel as well as number of discussants responded to the keynote addresses. Panellists included Professor Geoff Gallop AC, former premier of Western Australia and currently the Director of the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government; the High Commissioner of Mauritius to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Marie France Roussety, who is also the Dean of the Africa Group; Mr Geoffrey Levy, Deputy Chair and Member of the Australia Africa Business Council; His Excellency Mr Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission; Ms Susan van der Merwe, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa; Dr William Bazeyo, Dean of the School of Public Health at Makerere University, Uganda; Dr Siyabonga Ndabezitha, Chief Director of the Department of Mineral Resources in South Africa; and Mr Archie Law, Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid Australia and a member of the Australian Council for International Development.

The International Forum was also an opportunity for the University of Sydney to express its support and deepening commitment to engagement in Africa. The one-day seminar program focused on specific topics including public health, governance, legal reform, education, extractive industries and private sector development.


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International Forum: The Global Talent Search and Challenge

Thursday 11 June 2009

This Forum focused on “The Global Talent Search and Challenge”. It was delivered in collaboration with SydneyTalent, a new initiative of the University of Sydney providing tailored recruitment services and a range of employment options to ensure that our students are adequately matched to business needs. The Forum considered the importance of international mobility and management of talent.

Principal speakers at this Forum were Mr Andrew Banks, Managing Director, Talent2 International who discussed the issue on The Global Talent Search and Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Associate Dean International & Director, Faculty International Unit, University of Melbourne on The Global Talent Challenge. Two distinguished panellists, Ms Anne Moore, CEO SydneyTalent and Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean, Faculty of Medicine provided additional comments. These presentations were followed by an open discussion and debate.

The Forum was held on Thursday 11 June, in the MacLaurin Hall, Quadrangle building.

International Forum: EU Student Mobility - Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 and Bologna Update

Thursday 5 March 2009

On Thursday, 5 March, 2009 the University of Sydney hosted the International Forum "EU Student Mobility - Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 and Bologna Update" with guest speakers Mr Bodo Richter, Program Manager for Canada, Australia and New Zealand and Ms Barbara Nolan, Head of Higher Education and Erasmus Programs, from the European Commission.

Bodo Richter launched the second phase of the Erasmus Mundus program and the detailed opportunities for Australian students and universities to be involved in the 2009-2013 scheme, initiated in its first phase from 2004-2008.

Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 is a co-operation and mobility programme for higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through co-operation with third countries including Australia.

The second phase of Erasmus Mundus extends its scope to include: support for joint doctoral programmes and award of three-year fellowships for doctoral candidates; the award of full scholarships/fellowships to European students in addition to those provided to third country nationals; and the full participation of third country institutions in consortia implementing joint programs. There is an increased focus on quality assurance, employability prospects and joint program sustainability.

Barbara Nolan discussed how European countries are tracking to realise the Bologna Process goals, which aim to create a European Higher Education Area by 2010. The Bologna Process aims to allow students a choice of a wide and transparent range of high quality courses and benefit from smooth recognition procedures.

The Bologna Declaration of June 1999 put in motion a series of reforms to make European Higher Education more compatible, comparable, competitive and more attractive for Europeans and students across the globe. The University of Sydney has previously hosted an International Forum on the Bologna Process entitled "The Future of Education - Bologna and Beyond" on 19 April 2007.

The event was held in the Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education building (A35), Manning road, University of Sydney.

International Forum series: OECD Deputy Secretary-General addressing "Problems of today - world of tomorrow"

Tuesday 3 February 2009

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mr. Aart de Geus, was the key guest speaker at the University of Sydney's International Forum on Tuesday 3 February 2009.

The OECD was established in 1961 and brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: support sustainable economic growth; boost employment; raise living standards; maintain financial stability; assist other countries' economic development and contribute to growth in world trade. The OECD is located in Paris, France and has a membership of 30 countries. The OECD also shares expertise and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries and economies, from Brazil, China, and Russia to the least developed countries in Africa.

The theme for the International Forum, “Problems of today – world of tomorrow”, provided an opportunity for the Deputy Secretary-General, whose OECD portfolio is Political Economy of Reform, to address a broad range of Australian stakeholders on strategic issues arising from the global economic crisis. The audience include prominent persons from government, business, students and academia.

Following the Deputy Secretary-General’s presentation, two distinguished speakers, Mr. Peter Anderson, Chief Executive, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Mr. Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), provided their comments followed by an open discussion.

The University of Sydney's International Forum series brings together leaders and thinkers from around the world to present their views on strategic international issues and the way in which these issues may impact on Australia and the globe.

The Forum was held on Tuesday 3 February 2009 in the WP Young Room, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, Regimental Crescent, University of Sydney.