OECD chief to deliver education message at international forum

4 August 2011

Aart de Geus
Aart de Geus

Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, will speak at an international forum next week about the role universities can play in shaping the future of the Asia Pacific region.

Mr de Geus, whose portfolio at the OECD includes employment, social affairs and education, will deliver a keynote speech explaining how higher education and research can contribute to the social and economic well-being of the region.

The forum, organised by the Sydney World Program in the International Portfolio, takes place on 30 August in MacLaurin Hall.

Mr de Geus has been Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD since 2007, after spending five years as Minister for Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands.

The University is a knowledge partner of the OECD, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Also speaking at the forum is Christopher Langman, who until recently was Australia's permanent representative to the OECD. The program includes an expert panel discussion, a Q&A session, and three workshops looking in detail at public health, food and water security, and economic and social development.

The OECD Forum is one of two major events organised at the University this month by the Sydney World Program. On 17 August Mr Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank, spoke at a forum in the New Law Building about Asia's economic prospects and his vision for the region.

Both events are open to University staff and students, as well as the general public, but registration is essential.

Event: OECD International Forum with Aart de Geus

Date: 30 August, from 8.30am

Venue: MacLaurin Hall

Registration: Please register here by 26 August

Contact: Richard North

Phone: 02 9351 3191

Email: 4b421427301b1d7c030a425b2f2f5c23330b07204134101b6d5616