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Note to staff

March 27, 2008


Singapore Campus

I am pleased to advise that last night we announced the decision in principle to establish a new campus in Singapore. It will be managed by Navitas Limited (formerly IBT Education Ltd) and will offer CBS courses and new programs from other faculties which will be developed according to student demand. The campus will be a comprehensive teaching facility which will enhance the student experience while providing research and development opportunities for Curtin and the strengthening of industry engagement in Singapore.

The University has had a long standing relationship with Navitas – an Australian listed public company – through the operations of our Sydney campus and Curtin International College based here at Bentley.

The Singapore campus will be operated along similar lines to Sydney where many aspects of the service delivery are undertaken by Navitas. However, to ensure excellent academic outcomes and the Curtin approach to teaching and learning, a Pro Vice-Chancellor will be appointed to provide academic leadership and manage the quality of programs.

Curtin has a history of engagement covering more than 20 years with its Business School partnership in Singapore: the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS), Singapore Human Resource Institution (SHRI) and the Singapore Institute of Materials Management (SIMM). Currently, we have nearly 900 students enrolled in Singapore.

It is anticipated that the new campus will improve the attractiveness of the University’s programs in Singapore and deliver long term benefits for students. It is also expected that it will raise the profile and reputation of Curtin in Singapore and the region and lead to the growth of students coming to Perth from Singapore and surrounding areas.

This campus will be the University’s second campus in the Asia region following the establishment of one in Miri, Sarawak in 1999, in partnership with the Sarawak State Government. I will continue to keep you informed of progress with the campus.

Australian Leadership Awards: Leadership Development Program

I am also pleased to advise that the Graduate School of Business has won a national tender with AusAID to manage the Australia Leadership Awards: Leadership Development Program (LDP). This is part of a prestigious scholarship program targeted at future leaders from the Asia Pacific Region which is an Australian Government initiative to promote leadership in the region and address the challenges of development, globalisation and governance.

This contract is significant recognition of GSB’s innovation and excellence in leadership education. Curtin is the only university in Australia to have an accredited Masters program in leadership and management and this contract recognises us as a leading provider of education internationally and particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Program consists of a two-and-a-half day Leadership Development Conference held in Canberra, a three day residential workshop and two optional modules.

The Australian Leadership Award is a prestigious scholarship presented to approximately 150 scholars each year from the Asia-Pacific region. The scholars may study at any one of the 29 approved universities across Australia.

Further information about the LDP can be obtained through Janet Sutherland, Leadership Development Program Manager at Curtin on extension 4182.

This is a tremendous achievement for GSB and a great testament to the quality of our programs and staff.

Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Citation Awards and nominations for the 2008 Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching (Citations)

I would like to thank everyone who attended the presentation ceremony of the 2008 Curtin Teaching Awards (Citations) yesterday. The occasion enabled us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our excellent teachers who significantly enhance the student experience at Curtin.

At the ceremony I was very pleased to announce this year’s Curtin nominations for the 2008 Carrick Awards for University Teaching – Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Each of the Curtin nominees will now work with the Deans of Teaching and Learning and the staff of the Office of Teaching and Learning to develop their applications for submission to the Carrick Institute in May. I am sure you will join me in wishing our Curtin nominees every success in these prestigious national awards.

Nominees for Carrick Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning:

  • Ms Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah – Curtin Sarawak
  • Dr Margaret Pember – Information and Library Studies
  • Professor Léonie Rennie – Office of Research and Development
  • Dr Glennda Scully – Accounting
  • Professor Shelley Yeo – Science and Engineering
  • A/Professor Marjan Zadnik – Imaging and Applied Physics

Vice-Chancellor’s Address to Staff

Please be reminded that I will be addressing all staff from 1.00-2.00pm on Wednesday 9 April in the Elizabeth Jolley lecture theatre. I encourage as many staff as possible to attend. The address will be webcast for those of you who are not able to make it.

University Blog 2020 Summit

Please also be reminded that the University’s new Blog, launched last week, is now open and inviting comment on the ten categories listed for discussion at the Prime Minister’s upcoming 2020 Summit. Further information is available on the Blog site.

Curtin’s elite athletes selected for the Olympic Training Squad

Congratulations to the following Elite Athletes studying at Curtin who have been selected for the Olympic Training Squad for Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams:

Kiel Brown (Psychology), Liam De Young, Eddie Ockenden, and David Guest (Business Law), Ashleigh Nelson (Occupational Therapy) and Shelly Liddelow (Biomedical Science).

Tessa Parkinson (Physiotherapy) is in the Olympic Sailing squad, and Gemma Beardsworth (CBS) and Katie Finucane (Heath Sciences) are in the Water Polo squad. Rowing Australia has not finalised its selections but Natalie Bale (Nursing) and James Gatti (Economics/Marketing) remain in contention, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for them.

In Sailing, Curtin Elite Athlete Mathieu Higgins (Petroleum Engineering) and his crew Tim Lynch won back-to-back championships the last two weekends, firstly the 420 State Championship, then the 470 State Championship last weekend. They leave for Europe in mid May to compete in the three national championships there.

My thanks go to the staff in these Schools for their support of all Elite Athletes studying at Curtin.

Earth Hour

This is a reminder that at 8pm this Saturday, 29 March 2008, businesses and households in over 24 capital cities around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour, as part of Earth Hour, to deliver a simple message about the connection between energy usage and climate change and that mass participation can help improve our planet’s future.

As advised previously in a Note to Staff, Curtin is taking a leading role in WA’s Earth Hour activities and I encourage you, your friends and family to participate in this symbolic event.

When you leave work on Friday, please ensure that all non-essential lighting and equipment such as computers, printers and faxes are switched off. We will be measuring our energy consumption prior to and during Earth Hour to demonstrate how small changes can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.



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