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The Future of Education — Towards 2027: Engagement Endangered

Event Details
Online via Zoom
24 September 2020

Australian universities are hubs for our communities. As public institutions, it’s important they actively support positive social change beyond the campus – contributing to communities both local and global through research, education and practice. Community-engaged research and learning offers universities the chance to step outside the ivory tower and exchange knowledge reciprocally with society.

2020 has presented a multitude of pressing challenges, from bushfires to floods and the climate crisis, and social and health issues including racial and income inequality and COVID-19.

The UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion will bring together university sector experts to discuss how universities can continue to support communities and prioritise community needs in the face of ongoing uncertainty, when the very definition of a university in Australia is in dispute.


  • Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor James Arvanitakis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Western Sydney University
  • Angela Barney-Leitch, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Queensland University of Technology
  • Facilitated by the Hon. Verity Firth, Executive Director of Social Justice at UTS

This panel discussion will be followed by case study presentations from universities around Australia who have actively worked with communities to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Engagement Endangered’ is the second event in the  ‘Future of Education — Towards 2027’ series, presented by the UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion.

More information and registration here.

Posted 11 September 2020