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Education Minister to deliver Vice-Chancellor's Oration

Wednesday, 02 November 2011


ECU is pleased to announce that Minister for Education, the Hon. Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA, will deliver the 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Oration.

Dr Constable will speak on the topic ‘Edith Cowan: A Woman for Our Time’.

Dr Constable’s speech coincides with ECU this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edith Cowan, the 90th anniversary since her election of Parliament and the 20th anniversary since ECU was established.

Dr Constable was the first woman to be elected into State Parliament as an Independent in 1991. As Education Minister, Dr Constable has worked to provide high-quality education to all young West Australians, particularly in regional and remote areas.  

She has also presided over the implementation of the Independent Public Schools initiative, giving principals the autonomy to meet the needs of their individual school communities.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said there were many similarities between the work of Edith Cowan and Dr Constable in promoting education in WA.

“Edith Cowan worked tirelessly to develop education in this state. She was aware that access to learning could create a hugely positive benefit to not only the individual, but to the wider community,” Professor Cox said.

“One hundred years later, those sentiments are just as relevant today. It is people like Dr Constable that continue to work hard to ensure quality education is accessible and equitable for Western Australians.”

“Having Dr Constable deliver the 2011 Oration is also significant because this is a year for anniversaries. ECU celebrates 20 years since it became a university and it is also 20 years since Dr Constable was elected to Parliament.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration event is held annually at the Joondalup Campus. Previous events have featured prominent Australian and international speakers, including the University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey (2010), Hon. Chief Justice Dr Robert French AC (2009), the Hon. Dr Frederick (Fred) Chaney AO (2008), Dr Sam Walsh AO (2007) and Professor Caroline Taylor (2006).

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration is open to the public. RSVPs can be made via the ECU Events page.


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