University participates in OECD anniversary forum

24 May 2011

Addressing the OECD: Professor John Hearn
Addressing the OECD: Professor John Hearn

A senior University delegation is in Paris to take part in the 50th anniversary forum of the OECD, which looks at how to create a more resilient and balanced world economy.

The visit is part of the University's commitment to strengthening research and teaching links with European partners and international organisations, including the OECD directorates. The University is a knowledge partner of the Forum.

Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, and leader of the delegation, said: "Europe is a key area of engagement for us. We have more than 250 agreements with European universities, an alumni base of over 2200 in Europe, and more joint publications with partners in Europe than anywhere else."

Professor Hearn has been invited to speak at the OECD Forum session on Empowering Talent and Innovation. He will focus on how higher education and research can provide solutions in the new framework of knowledge economies, talent development, innovation and smart jobs.

The theme for 2011 Forum is Better Policies for Better Lives, with areas of focus including new sources of growth, the progress of societies, gender, education, employment and entrepreneurship, life after the baby-boomers, emerging economies, trade and investment, sustaining development, restoring trust and strengthening governance.

The European Union, with a population of around 500 million people, has been Australia's largest single economic partner for more than 25 years. There are nearly 2,400 EU companies with a presence in Australia, generating an estimated 500,000 jobs.

A University delegation visits Europe each year to profile Sydney's research strengths and develop high-level partnerships.

The 2011 delegation will have senior-level meetings focused on research collaborations with international agencies based in Geneva and with strategic Swiss partners. Delegates will take part in a business roundtable with Swiss industry representatives and hold an alumni and international organisation reception in Geneva.

In Brussels, the Australian Ambassador to the EU, Dr Brendan Nelson, will host a roundtable with senior EC representatives. The delegation will focus on developing linkages and profiling expertise in medicine and health, engineering and IT, science, law, agriculture, social sciences and humanities.

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