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Learning Cities International Pty Ltd is a consultant and project management firm specialising in services to the education and training sector and the urban planning and development sector.

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Trade and Investment Queensland LogoDavid facilitated a statewide workshop of Queensland's Student Hubs for Trade and Investment Queensland on 11 July 2017. The meeting shared start-up experiences, explored Hub roles in creating attractive regional student destinations, and worked out common reporting metrics.
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University of NSW's LogoDavid, Julie Walton and Meredith Sussex are teaching the fourth year of a course on urban decision-making and governance for the University of NSW's Master of Urban Policy and Strategy.
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Australia-Vietnam Education Promotion Association PhotoOn behalf of the Australia-Vietnam Education Promotion Association David awarded two NSW scholarships to Alec Pham and Jessica Chau, pictured with family. See http://www.avepa.org.au/ for information on the Fund.
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Australian Institute of International Affairs LogoDavid was speaker at the Australian Institute of International Affairs, NSW, on 5 May 2017 on "Vietnam Today".

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Can Tho University Logo David is working with a Vietnamese and Australian Founding Group to plan, finance and start up a non-profit Mekong Delta Research and Conservancy Foundation to promote and communicate research findings about the Mekong Delta Region to contribute to the wellbeing of people and enterprises in this vulnerable delta region. The research hub and museum will be located in Can Tho, in association with Can Tho University.

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Project Summary (PDF 3.4MB)

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David is working with the International Leadership Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on a private university expansion plan and investment strategy.
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David represented AFS Intercultural Programs Australia in presenting a paper 'Homestay in Australia: the AFS Experience' to the Taiwan Ministry of Education Forum on International Host Family, Tainan, 22 November 2016.

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Presentation (PDF 18.6MB)

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David led a three-day international workshop on Urban Project Finance and Investment in Mashhad, Iran, for Metropolis, the World Association of the Major Metropolises, 26-29 September 2016.
http://www.metropolis.org/agenda/municipal-finances-investment
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Torrens University Australia Logo David was appointed Chair of the Academic Council of Torrens University Australia, a Laureate University.
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Blue Mountains City Council LogoDavid led a seminar with Blue Mountains City Council on Good Urban Governance on 16 June 2016.

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Good urban governance (PPT) (PDF 6MB)

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David presented a paper on International Trends in Metropolitan Governance at a conference on that topic, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, 7-8 March 2016.

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International trends in metropolitan governance (DOC) (PDF 17.9MB)
International Experience with Metropolitan Governance (PPT) (PDF 5.9MB)

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International Finance Corporation Logo David chaired two sessions at the Metropolis World Congress, 'Cities for All', Hyderabad, 7-10 October, 2014, one entitled 'Concepts New and Old for Metropolitan Governance' [PDF 5MB] and the other 'The Balance of Cause and Effect in Urban Governance'.

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International Finance Corporation Logo David has been appointed as Chair, Asia Pacific International College, based in Sydney.

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International Finance Corporation Logo David Wilmoth has been engaged by the IFC to advise it and the Government of Albania on the preliminary feasibility of a new post-secondary vocational education and training institution for Albania's maritime industries.

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International Finance Corporation LogoDavid made expert presentations on public private partnerships in vocational education and training to the Health and VET PPP Workshop for Albania and Kosovo 18 March 2014, sponsored by the International Finance Corporation.

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Advancing Vocational Education and Training through Public-Private Partnerships (PDF 5.2MB)
Opportunites for VET PPPs in Albania and Kosovo (PDF 2.3MB)

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Liquid Learning Logo David will be giving a 2-day Master Class on University Income Diversification in Kuala Lumpur, 18-19 February 2014 and 21-22 May 2014, and in Dubai, 18 and 19 May 2014.

For further information see http://liquidlearning.com.au/llg08/February/university-income-diversification-masterclass-2014.html

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UNSW LogoDavid will be a "Distinguished Lecturer" to teach the "Decision-making and Governance" course at the University of New South Wales, part of a new Master of Urban Policy and Strategy starting 2014. It's an exciting new program - see http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-degrees/urban-policy-and-strategy/mups-course-description
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David led a presentation and discussion on "Making Education Hubs" at Conybeare Morrison International on the 31st October 2013.

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PNGSDP LogoDavid was keynote speaker at an IFC-facilitated stakeholder consultative forum in Liberia. He spoke on 'Linking TVET to work: some international experience relevant to Liberia' on 19 - 20 June 2012.

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Download Report (PDF 21.4MB)

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PNGSDP LogoInternational Finance Corporation LogoLearning Cities International has been appointed by the IFC to assist the University of Papua New Guinea to review the prospect of developing its large campuses to serve the affordable housing needs of students, staff and other households, as well as the university's other needs.
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EduBuild LogoDavid presented a paper and ran a day workshop at the EduBuild 2012 Conference in Singapore on 27-30 March, a conference dedicated to education campus development in the Asian region. The paper presentation was on the financing and campus development of RMIT University Vietnam, a project he led 10 years ago, and which is now the world's largest international branch campus. The workshop was on public-private partnerships in campus development, using LCI and other case studies with practitioners from a range of Asian countries.

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ISSI LogoDavid Wilmoth has been appointed a Director of the new International Safe System Institute for Road Safety, a not for profit company set up to promote systematic approaches to road safety around the world and to support governments, multilaterals, companies and individuals to build up their own capacity to manage reductions in one of the world's most prevalent causes of death and injury
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Nazarbayev University LogoDavid Wilmoth presented a paper 'CENTRAL ASIA'S FUTURE ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION' in Kazakhstan 1-18 Nov at conference on International Education at Nazarbayev University, Astana.

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Download Paper (PDF 1.5MB)
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Waterpoint LogoNam Long VCD Corporation
LCI has been appointed consultant to Nam Long VCD Corporation, Vietnam, to prepare feasibility studies and secure investors and operators for a new university and international school in Ben Luc District, Long An Province, part of the Waterpoint Urban Development. David Wilmoth will be working with Nguyen Xuan Thu on the project. We are looking for prospective investors and operators who would join the feasibility studies and enter into agreements to start up the university and international school. Two clear sites of 14 ha and 3.7 ha respectively are available.

School Project Description (PDF 5.9MB)
University Project Description (PDF 5.6MB)
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The LCI team that advised the International Finance Corporation on a public-private partnership for a new university and 'special education area' in Gujarat, India, has been re-appointed to continue on to be technical advisers through the investment transaction phases. Associate Sunil Dubey travelled from Sydney to Ahmadabad to join Associate Rajiv Aggarwal and the IFC India team.
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University of Central AsiaUniversity of Central Asia
David Wilmoth has been appointed consultant by the Asian Development Bank to review market demand for, and the financial viability of the University of Central Asia, an extraordinary project of the Aga Khan Development Network to develop three international-standard university campuses in the remote mountainous areas of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. He is assisted by Tony Ward on financial and economic analysis and Maya Lin on data analysis. Maya accompanied David in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. While at the new University of Nazarbayev David led a seminar on the internationalisation of higher education.

Seminar Slides (PDF 332KB)
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Royal Children's Hospital
David Wilmoth has been appointed Chair of the Royal Children's Hospital International Advisory Board, Melbourne (RCHI). The hospital does a marvellous job internationally and we are looking to engage in major joint hospital capacity building programs with counterpart hospitals in under-resourced countries, based in part on the successful program with the National Hospital of Paediatrics, Hanoi.

RCH International Brochure (PDF 1.2MB)
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metropolis
David Wilmoth led an international training workshop on Managing Urban Sprawl and Unofficial Settlements in Mashhad, Iran. It was hosted by the Metropolis Training Centre, Middle East Branch. Participants came from many countries, including Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Turkey. His presentations are available at:
Municipality of Mashhad
Opening Remarks (PDF 549KB)
Introduction (PDF 905KB)
Urban Expansion (PDF 13.8MB)
Metropolitan Planning (PDF 6.9MB)
Unofficial Settlements (PDF 11.3MB)

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Learning Cities International now has valued Associates in India:

  • ArchiGroup Architects Pvt Ltd, Delhi (Mr Rajiv Aggaraval): Master Planning, Urban Design
  • Quintesse Consultants Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (Dr John Stanley): Education and University Development
  • Dr Glenn Christo: Education and University Development
  • Capital Fortunes Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad (Mr B.S. Chakravarthy): PPP Structuring and Procurement, Financing and Capacity Building
  • This team was appointed as technical consultants to the International Finance Corporation for structuring a public-private partnership for the development of a new University in Gujarat, India. In Gujarat the client is the Development Support Agency of Gujarat, Tribal Development Department. Phase I of this work is near completion and we hope this major project, the first of its kind in India, will reach the Expressions of Interest stage soon.

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    International Finance Corporation LogoNorth Gujarat University
    David Wilmoth was engaged by the International Finance Corporation for a short visit to Gujarat, India, to scope the prospects for a prospective tertiary education institution and town infrastructure development sponsored by the Gujarat Department of Tribal Affairs and the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University (http://www.ngu.ac.in).

    Photographs of the work, including visits to several local colleges, are at available here.

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    metropolisThe first meeting of Metropolis Commission 2: Managing Urban Growth was held 3-5 December 2009 in New Delhi. David Wilmoth has been appointed technical consultant to the Commission, presented the Commission report outline paper (PDF:186KB)
    and a presentation (PDF:1.2MB) on behalf of the UN Global Compact Cities Program, for which he is a member of the Advisory Board.

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    David had discussions with a prospective partner about business development for a new network of tertiary professional colleges in India. The visit to Hyderabad, including some of the extraordinary training districts emerging in the area, are illustrated here.

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    DEECD LogoDavid Wilmoth and Wang Yueying have been appointed by Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to prepare a China Country Profile and Strategy.

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    International Finance Corporation LogoOn behalf of the International Finance Corporation on May 18, David Wilmoth gave a presentation at the 25th Papua New Guinea Australia Business Forum in Madang, PNG, on 'Private Participation in Tertiary Education: Possibilities for PNG.'

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    David gave a keynote of "Global Perspective on Economic Development in Regions" at the Economic and Regional Development Conference 2009 of the Queensland Local Government Association Townsville 4-6 March 2009.

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    Download Paper (PDF: 184KB)

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    Government of BotswanaDavid was appointed by Government of Botswana with Performance Growth Consultants, Gaborone, to develop strategic and business plans for Botswana’s Education Hub.

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    Blue Mountain Hotel Management SchoolDavid was appointed to Higher Education Advisory Group, as Chair, for Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Leura NSW and Canberra ACT.

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    David was appointed the 2009 Victorian Chapter President of the Australia Africa Business Council.

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    PNGSDP LogoLearning Cities International has been commissioned to review progress and propose ways forward for the development of a sustainable training and education activity at Tabubil, the town serving the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea due to close mining in 2013, for the PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd.

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    David opened the second City and Urban Development Summit in Sydney 23-24 June 2008 and gave a keynote address on ‘How cities can grow knowledge industries’.

    Download Paper (PDF: 2.1MB)

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    David spoke at the IFC International Forum on Private Higher Education in Washington DC, on the Botswana International University of Science and Technology as a public-private partnership.
    14 to 16 May 2008

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    Australia Africa Business CouncilDavid was the guest speaker at the Australia Africa Business Council Victoria Chapter where he presented work in progress on the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. Presentation at The Naval & Military Club, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
    28th March 2008

    Invitation (PDF: 200KB)
    Download Paper (PDF: 2.4MB)

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    David gave a presentation at the University of Botswana - The University and the City: Ideas for Mutual Engagement seminar with the University of Botswana and City of Gaborone.
    8th October 2007.

    Download Paper (PDF: 170KB).

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    International Finance Corporation

    LCI has led a successful bid to provide the International Finance Corporation with transaction advice in the establishment of an exciting new institution, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. The advice will be implemented through Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd, Sydney.

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    metropolisDavid co-chaired the conference and made a presentation to Conference of Metropolis Commission 5: Metropolitan Performance Measurement, Tehran, 19 June 2007, representing the UN Global Compact Cities Program, and coordinated workshops in Mashhad.
    Download Paper (PDF: 988KB).
    David's conference photos

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    Monash College GroupMonash College Pty Ltd
    David Wilmoth, a Director of Monash College Pty Ltd, has stepped in as CEO until the end of 2007 while the Board searches for a continuing CEO.  The company is a very successful subsidiary of Monash University, providing a range of pathway programs to Monash University (Diplomas, English Language, Foundation Studies, short courses, home stay, study travel) as well as workplace programs for transition to work and continuing professional development (internships, enterprise training etc), in Australia and a number of other countries.  http://www.monash.edu.au/mcgroup/
    Quality Education International
    Quality Education International
    Learning Cities International Pty Ltd, DGB Concepts Pty Ltd and Xuan Thu Consultant and Training Co Ltd have formed a joint venture to assist universities and educational companies in their institutional development, quality assurance and strategic partnerships. http://www.qei-int.com/
    Hanoi University of Technology
    Hanoi University of Technology
    Through QEI, David Wilmoth, Prof David Beanland and Dr Nguyen Xuan Dui are working with Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam's premier university of technology, in their strategic development and quality assurance. http://www.hut.edu.vn/en/

    Hong Lam Vocational College
    Through QEI, David Wilmoth and Prof David Beanland are working with a new vocational college in helping establish operations and international partnerships for a new campus in Baria - Vungtau Province.

    David Wilmoth collaborated with Stephen Leeder, University of Sydney International Health Institute and Michael Ward in a paper ‘Broadening the scope of inquiry: including an urban and habitat planning perspective in strategies for better health’ for the Oxford Health Alliance Summit 2006 ‘Confronting the Epidemic of Chronic Diseases’, Cape Town November 2006
    Download Paper (PDF: 184KB).

    David Wilmoth was appointed to the International Advisory Board of Global Urban Development - http://www.globalurban.org/

    National Hospital of Pediatrics, Hanoi Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital International
    Learning Cities International has prepared an education and training strategy with the National Hospital of Pediatrics, Hanoi for Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital International, October 2006.

    The July 2006 International Conference on Achieving Global Equity
    David gave a keynote address at The July 2006 International Conference on Achieving Global Equity on Universities and Global Equity in Plymouth, UK 28 July 2006. The conference was co-sponsored by the International Network on the Role of Universities in Developing Areas (INRUDA) of which David is an executive member.
    Download Speech (PDF: 491KB)
    Download Presentation (PDF: 1,089KB)

    World Urban Forum III
    David gave a keynote address at the World Urban Forum III on Activating Urban Indicators at Metropolis Workshop in Vancouver 18 June 2006.
    Download Keynote Speech (PDF: 189KB)
    Download Rapporteur's Report to WUFIII (PDF: 115KB)

    UN Global Compact Cities Program
    David represented the UN Global Compact Cities Program at the World Urban Forum 3 in Vancouver 19-23 June 2006
    Comparing Planning Strategies in Australian Cities (PDF:138KB)
    David spoke at a Property Council Event on Comparing Planning Strategies in Australian Cities, at the Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, Melbourne on 24 May 2006.
    Download Presentation (PDF: 8MB)
    David Wilmoth recently visited Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, visiting clients, in Sri Lanka with Monash College Group.

     

       
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