More than 250 delegates from 34 countries attended the THE World Academic Summit 2015 at The University of Melbourne on 30 September – 2 October 2015.
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Professor Ed Byrne became President and Principal at King’s College London on 1st August 2014. Before that, he was President and Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in Melbourne. While at Monash, he continued to develop the internationalisation of the University: Leading the opening of the new joint campus in Suzhou, China; establishing a close strategic alliance with the University of Warwick, and championing the globally-networked research university concept. Under his leadership, Monash cemented its position within the top 100 universities in the world on most of the major ranking scales.
After graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974, Professor Byrne was made Neurology Registrar at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. He was appointed Director of Neurology at St Vincent's Hospital in 1983, and Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 1992.
A founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993, Byrne was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001.
He first came to Monash University as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – a role he held from 2003 - 2007
Professor Byrne was then appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL). He held that position until becoming the eighth University President and Vice-Chancellor at Monash University.
Since 2002, Professor Byrne has been a non-executive director of Cochlear Pty Ltd. He was previously a Director of BUPA, the UK's leading provider of private health care insurance and health care services (operating in Australia as HBA and MBF). He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee. He was an executive board member of the Committee for Melbourne from 2009 to 2013.
In 2012, he was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and in 2013 became Chairman of the Board of the Global Foundation – an organisation that promotes high-level thinking within Australia and cooperation between Australia and the world. In 2012, he was appointed by the Governor of Jiangsu Province as a third-term economic consultant of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. He was awarded Honorary Degrees in 2014 from Warwick University and the University of Adelaide and from Western University, Ontario in 2015. He also has honorary professorships from UCL, Warwick University and Peking University.
The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence. He completed a Masters of Business Administration in 2005. In 2012 he was elected Alumnus of the Year by the University of Tasmania.
Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006, and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014. He has also served on a number of charitable trusts and provided advice to several community-based organisations in the neurology area.
Glyn Davis is Professor of Political Science; Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne, and immediate past Chair of Universities Australia.
Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Internationally, Professor Davis is a past Chair of Universitas 21, a grouping of 24 leading universities from around the globe. He is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and a Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.
In 2010, Professor Davis presented the Boyer Lectures, published as The Republic of Learning.
Professor Sarah Marcella Springman has been full professor for Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich since January 1997, and Rector of ETH since January 2015.
Born in London in 1956, Springman studied engineering science at Cambridge University before embarking on a career in industry. She worked as a civil engineer for five years on several geotechnical projects in England, Fiji, and Australia, before returning to Cambridge where she earned a PhD in 1989 and established an academic career as a university lecturer.
Having been a full professor at the ETH Zurich in the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering (Department Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) since 1997, Springman headed the institute from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2009 to 2011. She also served as the Director of the ETH Zurich Network for Natural Hazards from 2007 to 2009 and as joint Deputy Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering from 2013 to 2014.
Her research interests focus on soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical aspects of natural hazards, in particular landslides and melting permafrost. She uses geotechnical modelling to develop solutions that can improve the design of structures and stabilise slopes in the natural environment.
Springman has published numerous journal articles and monographs, as well as co-editing proceedings and reviewing submissions for a range of scientific publications. She has contributed to more than 100 presentations at refereed conferences and given many keynote lectures. She also received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bath in 2013.
Active in a number of research organisations in Switzerland and abroad, Professor Springman spent eight years between 2000-2007 as a member of the Swiss Science and Technology Council – forerunner to today’s Swiss Science and Innovation Council. She is currently a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Springman has supervised two dozen doctoral theses over the course of her career and inspired many young women to take up engineering degrees.
Simon Gaskell received his BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Bristol in 1971 and 1974, respectively.
Following his post-doctoral work at the University of Glasgow, Gaskell spent nine years at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, before taking up the post of Professor of Experimental Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He moved to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1993 as Professor of Mass Spectrometry and Director of the Michael Barber Centre for Mass Spectrometry. He then served as Head of the UMIST Department of Chemistry, subsequently becoming Vice President for Research of the University of Manchester (formed by the merger in 2004 of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST).
In October 2009, Gaskell took up the post of President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He chairs the Board of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, and has recently been re-elected to serve as Treasurer of Universities UK.
As President and Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Gaskell has overall responsibility for an institution that now comprises approximately 20,000 students, 3,500 staff and an annual turnover of £370M. As a major research-led university, Queen Mary is now a member of the Russell Group of leading higher education institutions in the UK.
Brian Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University.
Having received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, Schmidt completed his master's degree in astronomy in 1992 and earned a PhD in 1993 from Harvard University.
In 1998, under his leadership, the High-Z Supernova Search Team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating - work that earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, Schmidt was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013
Dr Barbara Vanhoecke is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology at Ghent University in Belgium, and an International Outgoing Marie Curie fellow, financially supported by the European Commission.
During the first two years of her fellowship, she joined the Mucositis Research Group of Prof. Dorothy Keefe at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is also a visiting research fellow at the University of South Australia and the Australian National University.
In 2014, Dr Vanhoecke was selected as an academic guest at the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. In 2010, she received a one-year mobility grant from the Flemish Research Foundation to work at the department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Author of over 40 international peer-reviewed papers and a co-inventor of two patents, Dr Vanhoecke regularly participates in international conferences. She is also involved in research dissemination initiatives directed towards bridging the gap between the scientific community and the lay audience.
Vanhoecke received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in biochemistry and a PhD in medical sciences from the Ghent University, Belgium. Her areas of expertise include mucositis, cancer biology, microbiology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Phil Baty is editor at large of Times Higher Education magazine and editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Phil has been with the magazine since 1996, as reporter, chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor.
He received the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism in 2011, part of the Education Journalist of the Year Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He was a runner-up for the annual Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, run by The Guardian newspaper and Private Eye magazine in 2007.
He was named among the top 15 "most influential in education" by The Australian newspaper in 2012.
Phil is a regular speaker at international conferences, contributing recently to events organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, British Council, British Academy and others. Phil contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters.
He was the co-chair of the 2013 World Academic Summit in Singapore and also chaired the 2010 conference, "Building a World Class University" at London's Royal Institution.
His publications include chapters for Blue Skies: new thinking about the future of higher education (Pearson) and for Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education (Unesco).
Phil can be found on Twitter at @phil_baty and @THEworldunirank
Nicholas B. Dirks became the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy of accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalisation of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields.
Before coming to Berkeley, Dirks was Executive Vice President for the arts and sciences and Dean of the faculty at Columbia University, where, in addition to his work on behalf of undergraduate programs, he improved and diversified the faculty, putting special emphasis on interdisciplinary and international initiatives. The Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, Dirks joined Columbia in 1997 as chair of the anthropology department. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, he was a professor of history and anthropology at the University of Michigan for 10 years, before which he taught Asian history and civilization at the California Institute of Technology.
David Harrington is President EMS and Regional Director of the Asia Pacific division of Hobsons.
A highly commercial senior level executive with over 27 years’ global experience in the education sector, David is well regarded in the industry. He’s an authority in his understanding of the future student and his views on the long-term sustainability for higher education institutions keep David reliable and relevant.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in England, David went on to work with universities in England before spending his last 15 years working with institutions globally, based out of Australia.
David leads a global business focused on future student acquisition, engagement, retention and performance and has helped build Hobsons’ reputation globally as an institution partner providing best practice enrolment solutions to higher education.
His methodical approach and global perspective provide unique insights into the world of international education that are further strengthened by using data obtained through Hobsons’ core services and #HobsonsInsight strategy. This integration of a logical mind and practical application – as well as feedback from students and institutions – leads to a series of well-rounded objective opinions.