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First impressions

Thursday, 09 July 2015

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In welcoming new and returning students to ECU for the start of semester two, I want to share with you some impressions from my first few months as Vice-Chancellor.

I spent several weeks visiting ECU’s schools and research centres and meeting with students and staff at each of our three Campuses. These visits really helped me understand the culture of the University and my new role at ECU.

One aspect that stood out for me is the diversity of the student cohort here at ECU. In just one class you could have a young person straight out of high school, a parent returning to study after raising children, an international student and a professional wanting to retrain.

This opportunity to learn alongside people from different backgrounds and cultures is an enormously valuable one. It exposes us to new ideas and perspectives, enhancing our learning and research activities.

By university standards, ECU is relatively young and it’s great to see this reflected in a culture which is dynamic, flexible and modern.

These are great attributes to have when the higher education sector is facing uncertain times. ECU is in a good position to respond positively to whatever challenges and opportunities present themselves.

In the meantime, I look forward to continuing to work closely with your student representatives in the ECU Student Guild and Vice Chancellor’s Student Advisory Forum to ensure we continue to put students at the centre of everything we do.

I wish you success in your studies for semester two and beyond.

Professor Steve Chapman
Vice-Chancellor
vc@ecu.edu.au

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