While tradition is very important for some universities, I prefer to focus on the future.
Australia is a multicultural nation and I’m proud that ECU reflects this in its student population, with the University welcoming more than 3600 international students from 104 countries, as well as a significant Indigenous cohort.
This month ECU says thank you to a prodigious colleague who has made enormous contributions both to this University and to our overall understanding of child health.
A warm welcome to all students commencing university study at ECU for the first time, as well as students continuing their journey at ECU in 2014.
It has been great to have a period of rest and recovery for those of us who did not work the Essential Student Services Period
I was saddened over the Christmas and New Year break to learn of the passing of our colleague Terry De Jong, who died after a long battle with a serious illness.
Families, friends, industry and community leaders, and staff of ECU gathered at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre recently to recognise the achievements of our latest graduating cohort and to be inspired by the Occasional and Graduate Student Speakers.
It was my pleasure to revisit Guangdong Baiyun University in south east China recently to launch the ECU-GBU articulation program.
The ECU community extends beyond our three Western Australian campuses to encompass students studying with our international partners at institutions in various parts of the world.
It is my pleasure to announce the part-time position created earlier this year by the University Council, that of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Engagement (Emirates), is to be filled for the next three years by our Professor of Security and Risk, Professor Nara Srinivasan.
As we approach the last weeks of semester many of you will already be thinking about the examination period ahead.
Congratulations to the 117 students who recently graduated from the joint ECU and Emirates Group Security Centre of Aviation and Security Studies program, whose achievements were celebrated at a gala ceremony in Dubai this week.
We had three graduation ceremonies at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend and they were each superb events, celebrating the successes of our graduates with their family and friends, supporters and our staff.
I recently had the pleasure of farewelling our University’s 153 students competing in the 2013 Australian University Games on the Gold Coast.