Preparing you for Tomorrow.

The Changemakers Programme is a 7-day certified program by The University of Queensland, a world top 50 University and Pearson, World Leader in Education. The programme aims to deliver an academic bootcamp for high school students across schools in India. The bootcamp is structured in a series of 7 virtual sessions on futuristic careers, challenges faced by the new world and how you can be part of the solution. Some of the topics include Saving the world with Science, Will we survive the rise of machines, 3 basic rules before you start your business, Economics in everyday life. 

The programme will also expose students to some of the top ranked higher education opportunities in Australia and means to get there including the importance of English language in this whole process.

Pearson and UQ have joined hands to create 5000 CHANGEMAKERS across 500 schools though this initiative.

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Topics and Details

18th Feb-Rise of the Machines: Will You Survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) delivered unprecedented change to mankind during the last 50 years. The Internet, mobile phones or Facebook are innovations that few of us would consider detrimental, let alone threatening. Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI), however, are described today as “summoning the demon”, or existential risks to humanity, much like giant asteroid strikes or nuclear war. Even those amongst us with less apocalyptic mindsets often perceive ICTs as potential threats, for example by threatening the employment prospects and job security of millions. In this talk, I will explain how and why we live in a world where Sony’s latest ‘PlayStation’ has already outpaced the most powerful supercomputer mankind operated in 1995, what the implications for the Australian society are, and how we can ultimately benefit from the eventual rise of the machines.

Dr Christoph Breidbach

Senior Lecturer in BIS
School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

19th Feb-Reimagining Australian Higher Education Opportunities

A session for students to know more about Australia as a land of innovation and how Australia has the highest per capita institutions in the world top 100 rankings. Australian inventions have for long impacted the world in many positive ways. This session will help students understand various opportunities at world top 50 universities in Australia and how to plan ahead with PTE as a stepping-stone in the journey. The session would share insights on PTE acceptance by educational institutions and border agencies across the world, the test format and unique features that help them showcase their language abilities and get fair assessment/score establishing PTE as The Unbiased Test.

Anagha Shetty- Administrative Advisor

Gagandeep Singh: Pearson PTE

Senior Business Manager

22nd Feb-What tools do economists use? (And why don’t they believe pirates caused climate change?)

What is economics and why isn’t it business? Discover the timeless tools that economists use to understand the world and build solutions to important problems. In this workshop we will take a look at how economists explore correlation and causality to avoid being fooled by eye-catching headlines.

Professor Rodney Strachan

Professor of Econometrics

Dr Frederique Bracoud

Lecturer in International Finance and Economics

A/Prof Heiko Gerlach

Associate Professor of Industry Economics

23rd Feb-Plastic pollution and the circular economy

One of today’s grand societal challenges is the massive amounts of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans and affecting marine life. The environmental impacts of plastics are well documented, yet there is little knowledge of the perspectives and options of remote, coastal communities facing overwhelming quantities of plastics on their beaches and in their fishing waters. What do they experience? This workshop shares findings from a recent study on remote islands in Eastern Indonesia, and includes a dynamic discussion about the complex set of factors contributing to global plastic leakage and solutions to address it. Participants will learn about the latest innovation and approaches to plastic pollution, and become familiar with concepts such as the circular economy and responsible supply chains.

Dr Anna (Anya) Phelan

Academic Coordinator, Global Change Scholars Program
Project lead, GCI Flagship Project & BEL Connect Grant
Research Fellow, Business Sustainability Initiative

24th Feb-Global Goals, Individual Purpose

In 2015, the UN member states adopted the global sustainable development goals (the ‘global goals’) with a vision for a better world by 2030. The mandate to ‘Act Globally, Act Locally’ is clear – the world faces complex global challenges, and our future relies on both global and individual action. But it can be difficult for individuals to see how they, personally, can make a difference.

What room is there for individual passion and purpose in the context of this monumental international agenda?

This interactive workshop will help participants match their skills, passion and ambitions with this global agenda and will provide a framework for self-reflection and action. Participants who complete this workshop will be able to identify the specific knowledge, know-how, values and actions they personally will need in the future to contribute to achieving the global goals.


Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel

Senior Lecturer, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Director, United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education

25th Feb-Three things you need to know to start a business

As the world keeps changing and evolving in ways we cannot control or foretell, it becomes crucial to learn entrepreneurial skills sets that will allow us to adapt and thrive in uncertain environments. To do so, there are three main concepts that are crucial to grasp, to be able to build sustainable and impactful enterprises. It does not matter if it is a for-profit or not-for-profit venture, it all comes down to knowing the problem, empathy and action. This workshop will give you practical tools to practice an entrepreneurial mindset and start to create a change in the world today.

26th Feb-How Science can change the world

Science is changing the world, and biotechnology is certainly the ‘jewel in the crown’. But why? Join Professor Avril Robertson and Dr Lisette Pregelj to discuss how biotechnology is changing our lives through diagnosing and treating diseases, feeding us and our livestock, fuelling our cars and planes, and cleaning up our contaminated waterways and fields.  They also discuss the business of biotechnology, including how biotechnology products and services are developed and manufactured. Often thought of as a rainbow, medical (red), agricultural (green), and industrial (white) biotechnology is positively impacting our lives and society in many ways, and has been for thousands of years. The future looks even more bright and colourful, thanks to advances in genetic engineering and biomanufacturing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and synthetic biology.

Dr Lisette Pregelj is a Lecturer in Biotechnology within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ. Her teaching and research focuses on innovation and commercialisation within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. This context is particularly interesting given the recent advances in genomics sciences, precision medicines, and digital health that are disrupting the industry. She holds a Bachler of Biotechnology (Hons), Masters of Technology and Innovation Management, and PhD in Business from UQ.

Lecturer in Biotechnology, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland

Professor Avril Robertson is the Director of the Biotechnology Program and Professor of Biotechnology within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ. Her teaching and research focuses on biotechnology and medicinal chemistry, specifically the discovery and development of novel drugs. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews.

Director of Biotechnology Program, Professor of Biotechnology within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences 
The University of Queensland

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