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ECU hosts northern suburbs high school forum

Friday, 20 June 2008

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) this week invited principals and senior educators from Perth's northern suburbs to explore issues and opportunities in higher education with ECU.

Principals from government and independent schools from the areas surrounding ECU's Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses were treated to dinner at the Joondalup campus with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, and senior University staff from academic and student support areas.

The event provided an informal forum for dialogue between ECU and the schools it serves, and enabled the sharing of opportunities, challenges and potential solutions.

Principals and ECU staff engaged in a lively discussion about the attributes that constitute a good teacher, and about the elusive 'x' factor that makes a truly outstanding teacher.

Professor Greg Robson, Head of the School of Education at ECU said the event provided a great opportunity for ECU and its local high schools to develop new ways of partnering to address shared issues and challenges.

"Frank and open discussions between schools and universities are the key to developing long lasting relationships," he said.

Mr Ian Elder, Principal of Sacred Heart College in Sorrento said he appreciated the opportunity to meet with key University staff in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

"As Principal of Sacred Heart College I would join all other principals in the region in applauding ECU for their initiative in hosting the evening. The links between all of our institutions are strengthened by this initiative," he said.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said that the event was just one example of ECU's commitment to creating value for those in the communities it was established to serve.

"At ECU we place great value on the relationships and partnerships we develop with members of our local communities. It is crucial that we engage with our high schools, as the educators of Australia's youth, to develop pathways into higher education for their students" he said.

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