Issue 7 - 6 August 2013 enews home

Meeting of the minds

By Louise Errington

 


From left: University of Indonesia’s Emeritus Professor Dorodjatun Kuntijoro and Australian National University’s Professor of National Security Michael Wesley

Casuarina campus was put on show during a recent meeting of some of Australia’s most influential university leaders.

Charles Darwin University hosted more than 60 representatives from partner institutions, Griffith University, Flinders University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University and The University of Newcastle, for the 2013 Innovative Research Universities’ Senior Staff Forum.

Themed “Engaging with Our Regions”, the event covered the three broad topics of  IRU work  within Asia, strengthening educational outcomes for Indigenous people, and strengthening outcomes for the regions in which IRU members operate, including regional northern Australia.

CDU Vice-Chancellor and IRU Chair Professor Barney Glover said the seven member universities aimed to enhance higher education outcomes, undertake research at a national and international standard and create opportunities for students through collaboration.

The event program included presentations from Australian National University’s Professor of National Security Michael Wesley and the University of Indonesia’s Emeritus Professor Dorodjatun Kuntijoro.
 
IRU is a network of world-class research intensive universities, collectively operating in 46 locations across Australia, with a focus on outer metropolitan and provincial cities. The seven universities share common origins, although CDU is the only dual sector institution among the IRU.