The next Armidale & District Chamber of Commerce Members Meet will feature an address by the University of New England’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, on Wednesday, December 1.
Professor Barber was introduced to the Armidale community through the Chamber’s Conversation with Geraldine Doogue event earlier this year.
In his presentation entitled Deregulation of the University sector in 2012: and the impact on the University in the community, Professor Barber will outline the changes in policy frameworks facing the University in the next few years.
The legislative changes in Higher Education will see an uncapped system of funding university places. It is likely, according to the Bradley Review of Higher Education, that the new demand driven system will see funding shift between institutions in response to student demand.
Professor Barber will talk about how the University plans to address and prepare for these changes. He will also focus on the impacts the new legislation may have on the region and what role the community can play to ensure the strengths and accomplishments of the University and the Region are preserved.
This address by Professor Barber continues the strong collaboration between the University and the Armidale business community and will mark the first in a new series of Chamber events set to bring some of the region’s most influential speakers into direct discussions with business owners, managers and employees in 2011.
Executive Officer Elizabeth Egan said that the Chamber’s regular Members Meet had developed into a strong forum for community discussion around issues affecting all aspects of business and the region.
“We’re looking forward to having Professor Barber address our Members and give us insights into how changes within the University will impact the community at large,” Ms Egan said.