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How to achieve... a talented country

How to achieve a talented country

At the third Tertiary Education Policy event by KPMG and Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, leaders gave their insights on driving a more talented Australia.

Stephen Parker, AO

National Sector Leader, Education

KPMG Australia


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Australia was rated sixth in INSEAD’s 2017 Global Talent Competitive Index, which would suggest a society that finds, nurtures and retains talent. The Economist Intelligence Unit in its new Worldwide Educating for the Future Index ranks Australia 8th. But the country was rated only 20th in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Human Capital Report which would suggest plenty of room for improvement.

At the third event in our Tertiary Education Policy series with the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education we asked - what will it take to achieve a more talented Australia?

Specific topics included:

  • What does business want from graduates and does it want too much?
  • Does the educational system meet the needs of the economy via the demand driven system?
  • Is there really a crisis in apprenticeships and traineeships?
  • How do we capture the talent among the most disadvantaged?
  • Can we keep taking skilled workers from developing nations or do we have a moral imperative to train our own workforces?
Tertiary Education Policy Series: How to achieve... a talented country – Speakers

Perspectives from industry leaders

Watch a series of videos recorded at the event with the panellists.

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