SA Higher education review

SA Higher education review

Aug 19
Join CEDA as we host Vice Chancellors from the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University, along with newly appointed TAFE SA Chief Executive, David Coltman, to discuss the future of the higher education sector.


David Coltman, Chief Executive, TAFE SA
Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia
Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide
The Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Event overview

A strong higher education sector is critical to the future of Australia and our intellectual, economic, cultural and social development. The past decade has seen rapid change and our higher education sector has been very successful in managing this change, particularly in terms of student numbers and satisfaction and research output and performance.

Such change looks set to continue, with increasing competition for international students, delivering education outcomes that align with the jobs of the future and digitalisation and technology all posing significant levels of disruption and opportunities for our higher education institutions.

Event presentations

Prof David Lloyd, UniSA MP3 

Prof Colin Stirling, Flinders University MP3

Prof Peter Rathjen, The University of Adelaide MP3 

David Coltman, TAFE SA MP3

The Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

David Coltman
Chief Executive, TAFE SA

David Coltman commenced as Chief Executive of TAFE SA in April 2019. Mr Coltman brings a wealth of experience from the vocational education and training sector and has an extensive history in the management and delivery of programs that increase participation in higher education. Mr Coltman was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Pathways and Vocational Education at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Professor David Lloyd
Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia

Professor David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist, and specialist in computer-aided drug design, Prof Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia's university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. Since being appointed in 2012, Prof Lloyd has overseen the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan for the University and developed many international collaborations, including with University College London to form UniSA's ground-breaking Future Industries Institute, and with IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the South Australian Government to form the Innovation and Collaboration Centre which provides a unique multidisciplinary environment where SME entrepreneurs, students and academic innovators can work to grow their ideas.

Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide

Professor Peter Rathjen commenced as the University of Adelaide’s 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 January 2018. He is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Prior to his appointment, Professor Rathjen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he was instrumental in creating vibrant new university precincts within the CBDs of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Professor Rathjen is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, as are all of the members of his immediate family.

The Hon. David Ridgway MLC
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

In 2002, David Ridgway was elected as a Member of the Legislative Council to serve in the Parliament of South Australia. He was appointed as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Marshall Government, in March 2018. In the year prior, David served as the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Primary Industries and Tourism. David grew up in the small township of Wolseley, in South Australia’s South East. He developed a strong interest in rural affairs and travelled extensively throughout the state connecting with farming communities.

Professor Colin Stirling
President and Vice Chancellor, Flinders University

Professor Colin J Stirling brings extensive experience in research, teaching and management to Flinders University as President and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Stirling’s career provides a strong foundation for his ambitions for the University. Born and educated in Scotland he gained a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh followed by a PhD in genetics from Glasgow University. In 2011, Professor Stirling was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at Curtin University, in Western Australia where he was later appointed Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Throughout his academic career, Professor Stirling has established a record of leadership, innovation and successful change management in Higher Education.

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