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Tertiary Computer Science - Preparing Future Leaders?

This recording of the August Pearcey Conversation was part of the DIF2020 Festival


Essential skill for success and leadership?

This Pearcey Conversation discusses the challenges of how Australia's education system can meet the demands of our ever increasingly interconnected, heterogeneous and computer reliant society.

As computers become more enmeshed in society, people of all ages need to increase computing literacy. Computer science (CS) has become foundational and the idea "CS+X" conveys that CS can help nearly any domain X to enable computing to solve complex problems and create new opportunities. CS is much more than programming and involves a range of computational thinking skills.

How do we currently prepare students at university for the work they may undertake in the future?

Are past experiences relevant in planning and presenting courses today?

What are the opportunities for the future?

How to design and deliver computer science and digital education and training to address the changing nature of work and life. The leaders of the future in Australia and around the world will need not only to be digitally literate but, be able to keep learning about new technologies and new applications of technologies.


  • Professor Richard Buckland - Professor of Cyber Security, UNSW
  • Professor Elanor Huntington - Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU
  • Alan Noble, Founder, AusOcean

Moderated by Rachel Slattery - Director, Slatterys and Committee Member of the Pearcey Foundation

About the Pearcey Conversation series

The Pearcey Conversation, a regular online fireside chat style event that is open to the entire community and intended to be a broad-based engagement activity.

Moderated by a member of the Pearcey Foundation, or one of our many award recipients, who is well-informed on the topic of the Conversation. One to three subject matter experts will speak for a few minutes on their perspective. Most of the time is given over to active discussion which includes the audience.