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The Sydney Summit II

29–30 October 2019
We are delighted to announce that the University is hosting its second Sydney Summit. We welcome our priority partners to this annual gathering to engage in discussions around contemporary challenges and opportunities for international universities.

Agents of change: how universities can help shape a better future for all

This year’s event will focus on how universities can collaborate together to act as agents of change: how they can drive progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help shape a better future for all. As part of the program, participants will participate in interactive discussions as well as sharing best practice around the following themes:

  • Universities and the SDGs
  • SDG reporting frameworks
  • Sharing technology in a divided world
  • Impact and engagement

We look forward to welcoming our close partners back to Sydney for our Sydney Summit II.

Event schedule

9.00am Arrival and registration
9.30 - 10.30am Opening Plenary
10.30 - 11.00am Coffee and networking break
11.00am - 12.30pm  Session: University frameworks for the sustainable development goals
12.30 - 2.00pm Lunch break
2.00 - 3.00pm Session: Rankings, impact and engagement: 2020 vision
3.00 - 3.15pm The Sydney Summit Photo
3.15 - 3.45pm Coffee and networking break
3.45 - 5.00pm Session: Sharing technology in a divided world
5.30 - 7.30pm Summit welcome drinks and barbeque,  
St Paul's College Rooftop Lounge
8.00 - 8.45am Optional campus tours
9.300 - 10.30am Session: Partnering with industry
10.30 - 11.00am Coffee and networking break
11.00am - 12.30pm    Session: Partnering for change
12.30 - 1.50pm Lunch break and "meet the researcher"
1.50 - 2.30pm Session: Connection to country
2.30 - 4.00pm Global education and learning
4.00 - 4.30pm Summit closing

Detailed program 

Please note that the summit will be conducted in English.

Mobile app

The Sydney Summit II has gone mobile. We're excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook. Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more.

Get our guide here:   

Android and iOS users:

  1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our "The Sydney Summit II" guide
  3. Tap "Enter passphrase" and enter sydneyunisummit2019 to download our guide

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Useful information

The summit will take place in the Administration Building F23, located on the corner of Fisher Rd and City Rd (Princes Highway) at the University's Camperdown Campus in Sydney. The campus is well serviced by public transport. Read about your options for getting here.

Click here for directions to F23.

To register for this event, please click here

RSVP: Please register before 15 September 2019.

Participants will need to arrange their own travel, transfers and accommodation. 

The following hotels have offered discounted rates for University of Sydney visitors. Please book directly with the hotel.

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park
Please click here to access a discounted rate for this hotel. Rate for Summit guests is $250 AUD per night (room only). Enter code promotion code: U7T

Hotel Mercure Sydney
Please email  to access a discounted rate for this hotel. Unique booking code is ‘USYD1019’. Rates from $230 AUD per night

The Hilton Sydney
Please click here to access a discounted rate for this hotel. Enter corporate code: 113107984

West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton
Please click here to access a discounted rate for this hotel. Enter corporate code: 3107984

St Paul’s Events and Stays offers a special rate of $180 for a Standard Studio Room. To book, please email and quote the code: GPS2019 to receive the special rates. Rooms are subject to availability.

Please contact the relevant Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country for information about visas. Information on visas for visiting Australia can also be found at the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Invitation letters can be issued where required.

If you require a letter of invitation, please indicate this on the registration form.

You can read all about the University of Sydney on our website. 

The University of Sydney is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in any University building or in outdoor areas such as courtyards and roadways. There are designated smoking areas on each campus.  Smoking in these areas is only permitted in the immediate vicinity of the ‘Smoking Area’ sign, and ashtrays are provided for cigarette butts. In Australia, smoking is not permitted in any enclosed public space – such as restaurants, offices or hotels – and in limited outdoor spaces. 

Our global partnerships: collaborating for impact

Office of Global Engagement

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