How has the CIO's role changed in Higher Ed?

The Tertiary Education IT Leaders Congress will address the skills and capabilities required to be an effective CIO. It will explore the technical challenges facing CIOs and ICT leaders from the entire tertiary and higher education sector. It will explain how to build, implement and support the systems required to take the higher education sector into the future.

Given the dynamic and increasingly complex nature of the Tertiary Education sector it is imperative to implement innovative IT strategies for future-proofing the organisation. As the Higher Education sector is often an early adopter of technology there is an increased chance of missteps in cloud deployments, network upgrades and many other initiatives.







  • Big picture discussion on digital transformation in universities

  • How the University of Canterbury has recovered from the Christchurch earthquakes

  • Implementing advanced learning and classroom technologies from USA university CIO

  • Next generation of learning spaces and immersive experiences from USA & QUT

  • Focus on improving IT performance with sessions on IT delivery, infrastructure, network management & Wi-Fi, cybersecurity, LMS and more

  • Join the debate in the panel discussion on opportunities for Internet of Things



At Tertiary Ed IT Leaders Congress:

  • EduTECH expo it's where you see Education Emerging Technology first
  • We've shortened our sessions to a concise 20 - minute so we now have 20 plus speakers over the 2 days
  • And EduTECH has moved back to Sydney at the new International Convention Centre



  • Warren French, Information & Communications Technology, The University of Sydney

  • Bruce Callow, Chief Technology Officer, Griffith University

  • Chris Rasmussen, CIO, Curtin University

  • Robert Irving, CIO, UNE

  • Peter Nikoletatos, Executive Director & CIO, LA Trobe University

  • Ralph Springett, Education Technology Manager, Weltec, Wellington Institute of Technology

  • Kyle Bowen, Director, Educational Technology, Penn State University

  • Sarah Chaloner, Deputy Chief Information & Digital Officer, Western Sydney University

  • Andrew Tully, Executive Director Information Technology & Business Solutions, Federation University

  • Alex Hanlon, Director, Learning Resources, University of Canterbury, NZ

  • Professor Ken Udas, Office of the DVC (AS) & CIO, University of Southern Queensland

  • Dr Gerard McCartney, Oesterle Professor of Information Technology, Purdue University

  • Kyle Bowen, Director, Educational Technology, Penn State University

  • Dr Gordon Howell, Director Learning Environments and Technology Services, QUT



  • Gain insights on the role of the CIO as an agent for digital transformational in the Higher Education sector

  • Leverage opportunities for Internet of Things in Higher Education and other emerging technology

  • Successfully implement the next generation of LMS

  • Manage challenges of balancing IT access, privacy and the threat of cyber security

  • Network with Higher Education leading CIOs from Australia, NZ and USA

  • Learn from our inspiring and exceptional line-up of local and international speakers at this year’s Tertiary Education IT Leaders

  • Practical case studies on effective IT strategies



  • CIOs & CTOs
  • IT Directors & Managers
  • Service Delivery Managers
  • Client Service Managers
  • Directors of Information Services
  • Network & Communications Managers