28 February - 01 March, 2017
Grand Millenium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Professor Helen Bartlett

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Chief Executive
Monash University, Malaysia
Professor Helen Bartlett was appointed President & CEO of Monash University Malaysia and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University in January 2013.  She holds a PhD and MSc Public Policy from the University of Bath.  Her research and education career spans some 30 years.  She has held senior leadership roles at all organisational levels in universities in UK, Hong Kong and Australia.  Prior to her current role, she was PVC & President of Monash University’s Gippsland campus in Churchill, Victoria.  She has established three university research centres on health and ageing, including the Australasian Centre on Ageing at the University of Queensland where she was Foundation Director. Professor Bartlett has expertise in transnational education and partnership development, research capacity building and talent management. She has been an active proponent of student access and participation, and university-community engagement.

Professor Bartlett has an international research record in Gerontology.  Her scholarly work has included studies in East and Southeast Asia and has been published extensively. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international competitive research grants and government consultancies.  Professor Bartlett currently serves as a Director of Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn Bhd, International Advisory Board member of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute of South East Asia, and Advisory Board member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing at the University of New South Wales.


8:50 AM [Panel Discussion] Repositioning Asia’s Higher Education Sector in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) World

  • Mapping and addressing the current driving forces impacting the development of higher education
  • Asia as one-stop destination: optimizing the competitive edges to attract global and regional students
  • Spearheading technology investment as the driving force to move the university forefront
  • Repositioning Asia’s Higher Education Sector in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) World
  • Decoding and meeting the changing needs of millennial students


3:00 PM [Case Study] Reinventing Higher Education Business Models: Ushering the Dawn of a Self-Financing and Autonomous University

Established some 17 years ago, Monash University Malaysia has transformed its positioning from a small branch campus to a world class, self-financing and research-led institution. The joint venture between Monash University and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is considered to be one of the most successful transnational higher education partnerships in the region.

Spearheading the dynamic partnership, Professor Bartlett will share the success pathway to build a private university as a sustainable business, balancing competing demands from various stakeholders. This session will chart the journey of a progressive higher education institution, which achieves world-class quality at the same time as business effectiveness.
  • Forming strategic partnerships with industry
  • Driving opportunities to generate external research income
  • Balancing competing demands of stakeholders
  • Creating industry opportunities for students and graduates
  • Combining world-class quality and business efficiency


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Helen.

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