for Australia Education International at Melbourne Conference Centre
07 April 2008
After the Opening address by the Acting Prime Minister of Australia, Richard Scase gave the Keynote Address to more than 600 delegates, representing universities, colleges and schools across the country. He outlined some of the major economic, social and political trends that are likely to emerge over the next decade and how these are likely to impact upon the demand for further and higher education. He discussed the shift towards ‘standardised commoditization’ that had occurred in the provision of education services over the past thirty to forty years and that this was unsustainable in future. In a world of on-line interactivity, Generation ‘I’--the I-Pod Generation-- have highly individualized expectations. To attract the most talented and motivated students, education establishments will have to re-invent both the content and the delivery of their programmes. Employers will also demand this sea change.