Friday, 06 February 2015
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.
2015 is an exciting year to be a student at ECU.
In April, ECU’s fifth Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, will commence with ECU. Professor Chapman joins us after serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Heriott-Watt University in Edinburgh. I am sure the ECU community will welcome him warmly when he arrives, and you will have opportunities to get to know him in due course.
Several new facilities will open their doors for the start of 2015, including our $72 million Ngoolark (Building 34) project on the Joondalup Campus. Ngoolark is indeed a landmark on the Joondalup Campus, with a design that uses motifs from a range of local native species and providing a number of wonderful exterior spaces that enhance the campus environment.
Ngoolark will provide a one-stop shop for students with queries relating to everything from admissions to counselling, careers services and scholarships.
Moving all of these services under one roof has created additional space at the Mount Lawley Campus, providing an opportunity to upgrade our facilities there. This work will commence in 2015.
The new 127-bed student village on the Joondalup Campus is also welcoming new residents, who are already enjoying the multiple common rooms, a swimming pool and range of apartment types.
What won’t change in 2015 is our students first commitment to providing you with a five-star experience for teaching quality, overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills.
ECU is renowned for the support it provides to students. Should you need assistance at any stage of your time with us, I urge you to make use of the range of academic, counselling and health services available for free to all students.
I wish you all the best for the start of semester and look forward to meeting many of you on campus.
Professor Arshad Omari
* Professor Arshad Omari was Acting Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from September 2014 to April 2015.
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