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Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Australian universities are regularly put under the microscope as part of a quality audit. Recently it was ECU’s turn.

In 2011 TEQSA evaluated the quality of our operations in two core areas: internationalisation and engagement.

The report was released on 23 July 2012. I am very pleased to see the results were favourable!

TEQSA commended us on a range of areas, including engaging with our communities, our integrated approach to internationalisation and the strength of our leadership team.

ECU students and staff have every reason to be proud of the achievements of our University.

In just over 20 years since our inception in 1991, we have grown to become a successful ‘new breed’ institution, a fact recognised recently by our placing in the UK-based Times Higher Education 100 Under 50, a list of the best universities, world-wide, under the age of 50 years.

Our teaching is amongst the best in Australia as judged by students. Our research is of exacting international standards with timely impact, as shown by the work of our researchers in the areas of sports science, child health, nano-electronics, marine sciences, technology in education and many other areas.

As Semester 2 commences I wish our new students and those continuing their studies, well. It is through the contributions of our students and staff that ECU is amongst the very best of new universities world-wide.

I look forward to learning of your achievements and hopefully meeting many of you before and at graduation.

Professor Kerry O. Cox *

* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.

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