Welcome to our first cohort of medical students
Last Thursday, we held an event to officially open Curtin Medical School and building 410, and welcome our first cohort of 60 undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery students. Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia, officially opened the School at a ceremony attended by representatives from Perth health services, the medical sector, state and local government, and the private sector.
I would like to thank Professor William Hart, Dean of Medicine, and the many others involved for their significant work in developing the School. You can read more on this in our media release.
Alliance with Aberdeen University
Two events were held last Wednesday to launch the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance, one at Curtin University St George’s Terrace and one in Aberdeen. Videos were shown at both events from each university (the Curtin video can be viewed here and the Aberdeen video here).
As part of the Alliance, several projects are already underway including a collaborative PhD program and the establishment of a new Global Energy Institute. The Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance draws on the great strengths of both universities in research, teaching and industry connectedness. Through joint appointments, collaborative research efforts and jointly taught courses, our goal is to secure our respective positions as genuinely global universities.
More information is also available at our Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance website.
During the recent graduation ceremonies, the University awarded a number of honorary degrees to outstanding members of the community. I would like to congratulate the following recipients:
ARC Linkage projects success
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage projects are now being awarded on a continuous basis. I congratulate Professor Lynn Meuleners and Dr Andrew Stafford from the Faculty of Health Sciences who were awarded $195,645 for their project Driving performance and self-regulation practices in drivers with dementia.
This project is in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, Road Safety Commission, Department of Transport, Alzheimer’s Australia WA Ltd, Alzheimer’s Australia SA Incorporated and the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (Inc). The full results are listed on the ARC website.
Curtin ninth nationwide in Webometrics ranking
Curtin has been ranked 242 in the world and 9th in Australia in the January 2017 edition of the Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. The ranking evaluates the global performance of more than 20,000 universities based on indicators of web presence and impact, including electronic access to scientific publications and other academic material, in support of open access initiatives.
Full details on ranking performance and methodology are available here.
Approval of Strategic Plan 2017-2020 KPIs, measures and targets
On 15 February, Curtin Council approved the new key performance indicators, measures and targets for the Curtin Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and the related 2017 Plan on a Page which outlines this year’s priorities. These documents are now available on the Strategic Plan website. Further information regarding performance across the six strategic themes and progress on the University’s strategic projects will be published on the website and communicated to all staff on a regular basis.
Professor Chris Aldrich appointed Head of Department for Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, WA School of Mines
I am pleased to announce that Professor Chris Aldrich has been appointed Head of Department for Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering at Curtin’s WA School of Mines for 2017. Professor Aldrich will be based out of our Kalgoorlie Campus providing support to the Department and the School.
Farewell Andy Sharp
Andy Sharp, Director of Curtin’s Properties, Facilities and Development portfolio will be leaving the University on 31 March. Andy will be moving to a role with the Australian National University. I’d like to thank Andy for his wonderful contribution to Curtin over the past six years, during which he has transformed the campus through place activation and the Greater Curtin project. Please join me in wishing Andy all the best for his new role at ANU.
A celebration of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is observed around the world during March each year, allowing people from all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and call for greater equality.
In support of the global theme for 2017, ‘Be Bold for Change’, we will be hosting a special breakfast event on Friday 17 March. I encourage staff to register and have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion featuring some prominent Curtin alumni.
More information and registration details will be provided in Curtin Weekly.