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.
What does superstar Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman have in common with a swimming teacher in Albany?
It is my pleasure to announce that our colleague, Lynne Cohen, has accepted the University’s offer of reappointment in her current positions of Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Engagement (Communities) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, from January 2015 until January 2017.
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.