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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

18 April 2016

 
 

CBS achieves AACSB accreditation

I am delighted to advise that Curtin Business School has been recognised as an elite global business school through accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

AACSB accreditation is awarded to post-secondary education institutes that meet the strict standards of quality academic and professional excellence and is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognised form of professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Only the top five per cent of business schools in the world are accredited by the Association.

This is a very significant and well deserved recognition of the strengths and the standing of the Curtin Business School.  I would like to acknowledge Professor Tony Travaglione’s leadership of CBS’s preparation for the AACSB review and to thank all those who were involved in what I know was a demanding and lengthy process.

Opening of Curtin Law School, Murray Street

The new city based premises of the Curtin Law School were opened by the Chief Justice of WA, the Honourable Wayne Martin on Thursday evening.

The building, located at 57 Murray Street in the heart of Perth’s legal precinct, will include a law clinic specialising in small business disputes, and private barristers’ chambers, exposing students to the nature, culture and ethics of legal practice early in their studies.

It will offer an enriched and practical learning experience for students by drawing the world of legal practice into the classroom.

The location aligns with our expanding presence in the city that will enable our staff and students to be more engaged with industry, the professions and corporate sector.

My speech from the opening which covers some of the history of 57 Murray St can be found online.

With Professor Paul Fairall, Curtin Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington, CEO, Aboriginal Legal Service  and Chief Justice Wayne Martin

With Professor Paul Fairall; Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington, CEO, Aboriginal Legal Service; and Chief Justice Wayne Martin

Launch of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance

The Governor of WA, Her Excellency Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, recently visited the Bentley campus to launch the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA).

The Academy and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) have developed Australia’s first information technology internship designed for people with autism.  Bankwest is partnering with AASQA and the ACS Foundation to provide employment opportunities for three young men with autism.

I would like to congratulate AASQA Deputy Director, Associate Professor Tele Tan and his colleagues for the important and impactful work that they are doing through the Autism Academy.

With (L-R) Associate Professor Tele Tan; Sean Langton of Bankwest; Governor Sanderson; Michael New, Bankwest Intern; Professor Torbjorn Falkmer; Nicholas Johnson, Bankwest Intern

With (L-R) Associate Professor Tele Tan; Sean Langton of Bankwest; Governor Sanderson; Michael New, Bankwest Intern; Professor Torbjorn Falkmer; Nicholas Johnson, Bankwest Intern

Several staff recognised

Curtin’s expertise continues to be recognised with several staff recently receiving awards:

  • John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kliti Grice of the Department of Chemistry was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s 2016 Gibb Maitland Medal in recognition of her work in organic and isotope geochemistry and its applications to fundamental geology, and for her substantial and sustained contributions to the petroleum and minerals resources sector in Western Australia and internationally.
  • Adjunct Professor Robert Dunne of the Curtin Western Australian School of Mines was presented with the Richards Award at this year’s Annual Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Dinner for his work in advancing the fields of semi-autogenous grind milling, flotation and gravity concentration.
  • Sheree Millen from Curtin English received English Australia’s Award for Academic Leadership for displaying a strong and sustained commitment to changing the PD culture of her department and creating a strong community of practice.

Congratulations to Kliti, Robert and Sheree.

Australia’s first tissue slicer housed at Curtin

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute’s histology laboratory is now home to Australia’s first Krumdieck Precision-Cut Tissue Slicer thanks to an equipment grant from the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation.

The Tissue Slicer will be used by Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker and Professor John Olynyk from the Faculty of Health Sciences in research to manipulate liver stem cells to regenerate the liver.  The new equipment will also allow biomedical researchers to test a large variety of drugs using a single piece of tissue which will potentially pave the way for individualised treatment approaches.

Memorial for Anna Winther

Many members of the Curtin community remember Anna Winther, a graduate and staff member who tragically lost her life in the Esperance fires last November.

In her memory a park bench and plaque will be placed near the west entrance to building 204 on the Bentley campus.  At a ceremony at 3pm on 22 April a tree will be planted to honour her life.  All staff, students and other members of the community are welcome to attend.

Anna held a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, and a Master of Human Rights from the Centre of Human Rights Education. She was planning to embark on research and advocacy in relation to transgender rights with a PhD at the Centre for Human Rights Education this year, and volunteered for Amnesty International on a number of human rights campaigns.

Anna worked in several areas of the University and is remembered as an intensely passionate, intelligent and inspiring human rights activist and thinker.

Vale Jennifer Cook

Sadly, Jennifer Cook, a long time WAIT and Curtin staff member, passed away recently.

Jenny first became involved with Curtin in 1972 at the School of Physiotherapy (then based on the Shenton Park Campus) as an exam supervisor and clerical assistant, and later in a secretarial role.

Jenny made a special contribution to the School’s many overseas students, whom she managed with extraordinary skill, competence and care.  She was a person of great humour and warmth who was loved by all the staff who worked with her.  She gave 33 years of loyal service to Curtin, and in particular Health Sciences.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time of loss.

ANZAC Day service on campus

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorations. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli.  Services at war memorials across the country honour the sacrifice of those who died in war.

I am pleased to advise that in conjunction with the Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch, the University will hold its inaugural ANZAC Day Sunset Service this year. The service will take place on Thursday 21 April at 5pm at The Forum.  I encourage all staff to attend.

Important cultural dates

A number of important cultural dates fall in the coming week.

Ridvan is a Baha’i commemoration and celebrates the 12 day period in 1863 when Baha’u’llah declared that he was God’s messenger for this age. The festival commences at sundown on 20 April.

Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals. This year, Passover will be celebrated from the evening of 22 April until the evening of 30 April. It commemorates the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

At last week’s Senior Executive Team meeting, Marco Schultheis (Chief Strategy Officer) and Jeya Bavan (Director, Strategic Planning and Business Analysis) presented on upcoming activities in the development of our next Strategic Plan.

A dedicated webpage has been created providing information about the new framework, context, and scheduled program of events.  The page will be updated as we move through the planning process and will host the online forum mentioned in an earlier Note to Staff.

Your participation is critical to shaping this plan and I look forward to engaging with all of you over the next few months as we consolidate our strategic focus for the coming years.

Other points of interest

At last week’s SET meeting Professor Julianne Reid (Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching) presented the recommendations of a review of double degrees at Curtin. The outcomes of the review will be discussed with faculties before the recommendations are finalised.

 
 

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