TOLL Group managing director, Michael Byrne, has emphasised the importance of teaching mathematics in order to ensure a skilled workforce.
He made the comments on the occasion of his appointment as inaugural adjunct professor for Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL).
“As industry leaders it is incumbent upon us to attract, retain and develop talented people to propel our industry forward,” Professor Byrne said.
“In order to do this, the industry must take an active role to shape the next generation’s curriculum by making mathematics a core subject; expanding languages to build a multilingual Australia; and rethinking higher education as a norm – not an exception.”
CSCL director Dr Hermione Parsons said Professor Byrne’s extensive experience in the supply chain and logistics sector reflected his role as an innovator and someone with highly sought-after insights.
“Michael is a statesman, a thought leader and a visionary; he has an exceptional mind. He makes an exceptional contribution to this industry and is so generous with his time and his thoughts,” Dr Parsons said.
CSCL is expected to draw on Professor Byrne’s history of thought leadership to help inform the direction of research and education programs.
“CSCL believes strongly in industry engagement as a means of underpinning our applied research projects,” Dr Parsons said.
“It’s a pleasure now to also have Michael supporting us as an adjunct professor and I look forward to working with him.”