In welcoming new and returning students to ECU for the start of semester two, I want to share with you some impressions from my first few months as Vice-Chancellor.
My first month at Edith Cowan University has seen some exciting achievements for the University.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that Edith Cowan University has today been named in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 global rankings.
After some seven months as the Acting Vice-Chancellor, it will give me great pleasure to welcome our next Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Chapman, to Edith Cowan University when he begins his term next week.
We all enjoy the benefits of a diverse university community throughout the year. But there is one day in the academic calendar ECU recognises this diversity with free entertainment, music and food at our Harmony Week celebrations.
A very special welcome to the more than 8,000 new students joining us in 2015 and welcome back to those returning to their studies.
With the festive season nearly upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your hard work and commitment over the past year and to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
For many students, just two weeks stands between you and a well-deserved break.
ECU announced back in May that Commonwealth Supported students who commenced or continued with their studies in semester 2 2014 will continue under the current HECS tuition fee structure until 2020. This means despite the uncertainty surrounding the deregulation of higher education, you can be certain your tuition fees won’t be affected.
Earlier this month the University farewelled Professor Kerry Cox. The next Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, will begin with ECU in April 2015. In the interim, I have been appointed as the Acting Vice-Chancellor.
In September 2014 I’ll retire as ECU’s fourth Vice-Chancellor.
Whether commencing or continuing your studies in semester two, there is one thing we all have in common here at ECU.
Our staff are at the forefront of helping ECU to achieve the Vision of making our communities more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous. So it is always pleasing to see community recognition of ECU staff past and present.
Congratulations to ECU Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan AO, on being honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, having been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
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