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Report on “The Role and Relevance of Universities in the Digital Economy” is launched in Canberra, Australia

In conjunction with the annual Universities Australia Higher Education Conference in Canberra – a report that reflects the outcomes of conversations between university leaders from Australia, the US and the UK – was launched today.

The report covers the ideas, experiences and ambitions shared by this group of university leaders on the best way for their respective institutions and the higher education sector as a whole to survive, thrive and prosper in the Digital Economy. Three important topics emerged: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), cybersecurity and big data and how higher education can embrace these trends to provide the greatest benefit not only for its students, but also for the betterment of society.

This collaboration is the type of activity that the Business/Higher Education Round Table has been calling for, and Cisco is excited to see Australia reap some of the benefits that will be achieved as recommendations are executed, particularly in the Digital Economy space.

Cisco has a long heritage of working with universities to facilitate and encourage collaboration between them.   Globally, Cisco has been collaborating with education organisations to help students to prepare for in-demand careers in ICT for more than 15 years through its Networking Academy program.  In Australia, Cisco has also provided Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) with telepresence exchange capabilities to improve communication and collaboration between local universities and over 71 universities globally.

We believe the link between education and industry is an extremely important one.  Thus, we take great pride in being able to facilitate important discussions like the Presidents’ Conversation on “The Role and Relevance of Universities in the Digital Economy”.  You can access the full report here.

 

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