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Off to a flying start

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


My first month at Edith Cowan University has seen some exciting achievements for the University.

And while I can’t take credit for all of them, it confirms that I’ve made the right choice to come to ECU.

I was very pleased to be informed that ECU was again named in the Top 200 for the QS World University Rankings by Subject for both Education and Communication and Media Studies.

The very next day ECU was named at 90 in the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50, a list of the best universities in the world under the age of 50. For ECU to appear in these rankings after just 24 years is a phenomenal achievement.

Later that same week I was officially installed as ECU’s fifth Vice-Chancellor and President at a ceremony on the Joondalup Campus.

While this event was a tremendous honour for me personally, it was also a great opportunity to bring together the ECU community, something this University does very well. The event featured Nyoongar performers, the WA Police Pipe Band, WAAPA musicians and guests from academia, government and industry.

Lastly, we officially opened Ngoolark (Building 34), a $72 million development on the Joondalup Campus that has already won a building award for its striking design.

So what of the future? Well, there is much to do.

It is my aim to lead the University to build on the great work done by my predecessors. That means we must enhance our position as one of the world’s top young universities.

To achieve this we must measure our performance against the highest international standards and strive together to improve ourselves.

This is what I will dedicate myself to do and I look forward to working with the wider ECU community to make this a reality.

Professor Steve Chapman

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