2016 EdComm Dinner

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Leading a secular institution

EdComm is passionate about encouraging Christian teachers to work at translating their Christian faith in an authentic and caring fashion into every aspect of their school life. Our schools, more so than some others, operate within a predominantly secular culture, so that the infusing of a biblical approach to learning is not an easy task. 

Our guest speaker at this Dinner is no stranger to thinking and leading Christianly and without doubt the institution he leads is far more secular than any of ours. Dr Michael Spence has been the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney for the past eight years. We were honoured to have Michael share with us how his deep faith in Christ shapes the winsome way in which he leads the University.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Michael Spence

BA LLB (Sydney) DPhil PGDipTHeol (Oxford)

Dr Michael Spence has been the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney since 2008. He graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class Honours in English and Italian and a Bachelor of Law degree with Honours in 1987. He went to Oxford University where he gained his doctorate in law and lectured for a number of years. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma in Theology from Oxford.

Dr Spence is not only an outstanding educational leader, an ordained clergyman and a family man but an international authority on intellectual property.

By any standard, the University of Sydney is a large, complex secular institution. It requires a special person to lead it. We are honoured to have Dr Spence share with us how his deep faith in Christ shapes the winsome way he leads such a secular institution.

Interview & Keynote Address