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Strategic Partnerships

Partnerships are an important focus for CAUDIT not just from a strategic procurement perspective, but as a commitment to mutual benefit and the transformation of higher education and research.  Each partnership is unique in its value to the entities involved and may take the shape of partnering for conferences or projects, providing specific advantages or services for those employed within IT or promoting the exchange of information regarding digital services.

CAUDIT has formally recognised relationships with the organisations listed below however this by no means defines the sole focus of CAUDIT's external engagement.  CAUDIT engages in many collaborations and remains a central body of contact for technology-related matters within the sector.

Ovum (Ovum)

CAUDIT and Ovum share issues of mutual priority and have established a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage identification of opportunities to take joint action for the benefit of their constituents, the higher education sector and both organisations.  There is great potential for joint endeavours that includes the collaboration between the two organisations linked to strategic priorities. CAUDIT and Ovum will maintain a rolling agenda of joint actions to support the objectives throughout the period of the MoU.  Find out more about the CAUDIT / Ovum partnership here

Gartner (Gartner)

CAUDIT entered into an Agreement with Gartner in May 2018 in recognition of the desire by both parties to collaborate in a strategic way.  Under the Agreement Gartner will provide a number of physical deliverables including access to webinars, subscriptions etc and in return CAUDIT will share access to annonymized benchmarking data and participation in key CAUDIT events.  CAUDIT Member Representatives can view the Agreement here.

AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network)

CAUDIT and AARNet share a largely overlapping set of stakeholders. This leads the two organisations to have issues of mutual priority and hence we have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed on 12 October 2017, to encourage identification of opportunities to take joint action for the benefit of our respective constituents, the higher education & research sectors, and both organisations.  The purpose of the MOU is to broadly document the high-level objectives and continuing relationship between CAUDIT and AARNet.

AeRO (Australian eResearch Organisations)

CAUDIT has long been an active participant and contributor to AeRO, acting in the early days as a pathway for the eResearch community to engage with IT, to today, by holding formal membership with AeRO; acting as Administrator for the Association; along with the CAUDIT CEO Co-Chairing AeRO.

CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians)

CAUDIT has long maintained a formal and informal relationship with CAUL and has provided and facilitated support, knowledge and engagement opportunities wherever possible. 

In recognising the close relationship between IT and Library, CAUDIT has invited library representation onto the faculty of its annual leadership professional development program, the CAUDIT Leadership Institute.  This began in 1998 and continues today.

In 2011, CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE (see below) entered  into a mutual agreement to partner and deliver the biennial, internationally recognised THETA conference.  This successful partnership brings together an elite program representative of IT, Library and Teaching and Learning - a unified space for collaboration and visionary learnings for the benefit of the higher education sector.   The Executives of each organisation also use the THETA conferences as an opportunity to meet face-to-face and discuss current issues.

ACODE (Australian Council on open, distance and e-learning)

ACODE’s mission is to enhance policy and practice in Australasian higher education around technology enhanced learning and teaching at institutional, national and international levels through a number of channels and means.  Both CAUDIT and ACODE have similarly aligned organisations and the Executives of both organisations have long used national and international events to informally meet, engage and support one another. 

In 2011, CAUDIT, ACODE and CAUL entered  inter a mutual agreement to partner and deliver the biennial, internationally recognised THETA conference.  This successful partnership brings together an elite program representative of IT, Library and Teaching and Learning - a unified space for collaboration and visionary learnings for the benefit of the higher education sector.  The Executives of each organisation also use the THETA conferences as an opportunity to meet face-to-face and discuss current issues

ACS (Australian Computer Society)

In 2012, CAUDIT and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that captured the mutual benefits for both organisations.  In recognising that the ACS exists to advance professional excellence in ICT, the MoU specifically centres around membership opportunities for the staff of CAUDIT member organisations.  The MoU also provides scope for both CAUDIT and ACS to formulate a Partner Engagement Plan in the future.

CHEITA (Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations)

The Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) comprises representatives from higher education and research associations throughout the world.  The coalition uses international conferences such as THETA, UCISA, EUNIS and EDUCAUSE to hold face-to-face meetings and provide each other with country updates.  The CAUDIT CEO has held the position of CHEITA Vice-President (Membership) since 2016.

ASAUDIT (Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology)

CAUDIT currently engages with ASAUDIT under the guidance of a Joint Action Agenda.  The Joint Action Agenda was formed to identify potential projects or initiatives for joint collaboration that will increase the body of knowledge between IT Services in the higher education sectors in South Africa and the Australasian region.

Under this successful partnership, ASAUDIT and CAUDIT agree to collaborate to share knowledge and best practice and facilitate access to each other’s events with the aim of improving the performance of IT service delivery in the higher education and research sector.

Activities under the auspices of the Partnership include ASAUDIT's access to CAUDIT's benchmarking service, Leadership Institute development and participation in member-only events.