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Torrens University Australia students get opportunity of a lifetime at the inaugural World Business Forum in Sydney

May 26, 2014 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Nine students from Torrens University Australia have been selected for a life-changing opportunity to be personal assistants and shadow global leaders at Australia’s inaugural World Business Forum, taking place at The Star in Sydney (28-29 May 2014).

The selected students will assist and learn from key note speakers over two days, including: former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon John Howard; former Director of Marketing of Facebook and founder and CEO of Zuckerberg media, Randi Zuckerberg; leading authority on competitive strategy, Michael Porter; number one ranked “most influential business thinker in the world” by the Wall Street Journal, Gary Hamel; CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts; veteran hostage negotiator and organisational and clinical psychologist, George Koehlrieser; Cirque du Soleil’s former Director of Creation, Lyn Heward; world-renowned business advisor, Ram Charan and Stanford University Professor, Andreas Weigend, who coined the term ‘Social Data Revolution’.

Representing the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate Australian student body, the nine student ambassadors – aged from 19 to 53 – were selected through an application and interview process which saw scores of students apply.

Discussing the initiative, Torrens University Australia Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Fred McDougall said, “Real-world experiences that facilitate strong links with industry help to prepare our students for today’s (and tomorrow’s) competitive job market. Torrens places strong emphasis on initiatives and partnerships that allow our students to learn from industry leaders – World Business Forum Sydney is one such platform.”

“This initiative is in line with Torrens’ philosophy of collaborating with industry, and enriching students’ learning through experiential, cutting-edge opportunities that foster networking and mentorship.”


The University’s programs and coursework have been designed in line with the requirements of relevant professional bodies and in collaboration with policy makers, industry partners and academics to achieve the best possible outcomes for students and to ensure the skills they are learning are those most valued by prospective employers.

“Opening up the world beyond traditional university is core to ensuring Torrens’ students build the necessary skills-set, and gain the experience and exposure required to achieve the greatest success upon graduation,” added Professor McDougall.

Selected students include an even mix of Torrens students studying on-campus, online and via hybrid mode – a combination of on-campus and online.

Laureate International Universities has been involved with the World Business Forum since 2011. This is the first time a World Business Forum event has been held in Australia.

As Australia’s 40th comprehensive university, Torrens University Australia aims to deliver an innovative environment for learning, scholarship, and research that is culturally diverse, career-oriented, and with a distinctive global perspective. Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research by higher degree programs – for study on-campus, online or a mix of both depending on the program selected –Torrens is a part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of over 75 innovative higher education institutions – teaching more than 800,000 students in 29 countries and online.

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