Future Frontiers: Educating for 2040

26 June 2018

A panel of academics, practitioners and business personalities discussed the implications for education of emerging developments in artificial intelligence and other trends.

The event launched a report commissioned by the NSW Department of Education from Professor John Buchanan and a team from the University of Sydney. The report, 'Education: Future Frontiers – Preparing for the best and worst of times', explores the important question of what predicted changes in artificial intelligence and other emerging transformations might mean for education and our schools helping to prepare young people for this future world.

The panel featured:

  • Professor John Buchanan – Head of the Discipline of Business Analytics, Sydney University
  • Dr Sandra Peter – Director, Sydney Business Insights, Sydney University
  • Professor Rafael Calvo – ARC Future Fellow and Director of the Software Engineering Group, Sydney University
  • Stacey Quince – Principal, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
  • Emma Hogan – NSW Public Service Commissioner

The event was live streamed on Facebook. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and #futurefrontiers.

Previous events

Education for a Changing World Symposium

The Education for a Changing World Symposium brought together more than 200 practitioners and policy makers in education, academia and industry over one and a half days to explore learning in the time of artificial intelligence (AI).

Symposium participants discussed the implications of AI and related technologies for life and work, and the education reforms that may need to be set in motion now to ensure we best prepare young people to successfully navigate a more complex world.

Watch the recording of the livestream, and see other content from the day here

Read the symposium summary (PDF 3901.79KB)


The Secretary convened four roundtable discussions in 2017 with leaders from business and industry, higher education, school leaders and students to discuss the potential impact of AI and other technologies on the nature of work and how to best prepare young people for a more challenging future.

A number of important themes emerged from these strategic discussions, including:

  • employment is changing in unpredictable ways
  • students need to develop deep knowledge and key ‘soft’ skills
  • STEM skills are important to the future workforce
  • innovation can be found throughout the NSW public school system
  • technology needs to be well integrated into schools to support teaching and learning.

Read the roundtable summary (PDF 864.47KB)

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