Acknowledgement of outgoing ATN chair – Professor Attila Brungs

12 April 2021

On behalf of ATN Universities, I wish to acknowledge the exceptional leadership of our outgoing Chair, Professor Attila Brungs, after more than two years in the role.

Under Attila’s leadership, ATN has grown our membership and sector leadership during a particularly challenging time for Australia’s universities. Faced with the global pandemic, economic crisis and the closure of Australia’s borders, our universities have worked collaboratively to ensure we continue to deliver world-class education, research with impact, and support our communities.

As the Chair of Australia’s most innovative and enterprising network of universities, Attila has made an invaluable contribution to the future of Australia’s higher education system, particularly his work to better link qualifications to the world of work through his leadership of National Priorities and Industry Linkages Fund (NPILF), as well as his contribution to shaping Australia’s university research funding system through the Research Sustainability Working Group.

With his strong commitment to equity and social justice, Attila has also helped shape a national conversation on ensuring Australia’s higher education system remains globally engaged and open to all Australians, regardless of their background or circumstance.

Professor Brungs has led ATN into a strong position to advocate for an even more innovative and enterprising sector in Australia. I want to thank him sincerely for his leadership.

Luke Sheehy
ATN Executive Director