Senior academics from RMIT have joined business leaders from around the country to discuss actions for building a more prosperous Australia.
The Growth Strategy for Australia forum was hosted in Sydney by professional services firm Deloitte and included some of Australia's most senior CEOs, chairs, directors and public servants.
The three representatives from RMIT were: Professor Aaron Smith, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Industry Engagement, College of Business; Madhu Bhaskaran, Senior Research Fellow, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Associate Professor Vivian Mitsogianni, Deputy Dean Architecture, School of Architecture and Design.
Participants discussed ways of working towards a national growth strategy for Australia and the role of business and government in driving this growth.
They also worked together to form a list of mindsets and behaviours that will assist in lifting Australia's growth rate.
"Using Deloitte Catching the Next Wave report as a platform, the participants mapped out a trajectory for growth at the intersection of business, education and government," Professor Smith said.
"This was especially relevant to RMIT, as international education was identified as one of five imminently surging waves for growth.
"The forum proved to be a dynamic interchange of ideas and passionate calls for new ways of approaching business.
"It also concluded that Australian education needs to drive growth through strong industry and government connections, uncompromising quality, and boundary-breaking innovation."
This was the second in a series of events to debate Deloitte's analysis of growth prospects across all major parts of Australia's economy.
The first seminar, held in February, focused on findings from the firm's report, Positioning for Prosperity? Catching the next wave, which explores how we can position Australia - and its individual sectors and businesses - for future prosperity.
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