|My day closed with a very useful session with one of our consultant support teams who are helping us frame the new Tamworth strategy and develop other strategic plans to underpin our own work for UNE 2021+.
I travelled across the city again on Tuesday morning to visit the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) at their Ultimo campus. I have joined their Board, so the main purpose was an induction event. The conversation quickly morphed though and I had the pleasure of a very rich conversation about a topic dear to my heart – the dynamics of regional innovation models and student enterprise, and our plans to introduce ‘enterprise hives’ into the colleges over the next year in partnership with the Smart Regional Incubator. The SSE team were very keen to partner with us on this work.
I also managed to grab time with the NSW Chief Scientist and discuss the strengths of UNE and what we can bring to the table in discussions around water futures, health and agribusiness. The engagement and support of his team is a valuable resource for universities, given their capacity for providing landscape views of issues and their capability in bringing key groups together to dissect big issues and focus on informed problem solving.