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Note to staff

6 July 2015


Cisco’s new Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

The Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett, launched Cisco’s new Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre (CIIC) at our Bentley campus last Thursday.

Curtin University and Woodside are the WA foundation partners of the Centre. Woodside CEO Peter Coleman and Irving Tan, Senior Vice President of Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan, also participated in the official proceedings.

The Centre, expected to be completed later this year, builds on the major investments that Curtin, our industry partners and both the Western Australian and Australian governments have made in radioastronomy and computational science.

It will include a state-of-the-art laboratory, a technological collaboration area and a dedicated space to show the Internet of Everything in action. The Centre aims to bring together start-up companies, industry experts, developers, researchers and academics in an open collaboration environment to create a “connected community” focused on cloud, analytics, cyber security and IoE network platforms.

The Cisco IoE Innovation Centre, Australia, includes the centre at our Bentley campus and one in Sydney opening later this year, and is one of eight globally in locations including Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Songdo, Berlin, Barcelona, Tokyo and London.

A large team from across the University, led by ORD Strategic Projects Director Paul Nicholls, are to be congratulated for facilitating this collaboration and organising the extremely successful launch event.

With Woodside CEO Peter Coleman, WA Premier Colin Barnett, and Senior Vice President of Cisco Asia Pacific, Mr Irving Tan at the CIIC launch

With Woodside CEO Peter Coleman, WA Premier Colin Barnett, and Senior Vice President of Cisco Asia Pacific Irving Tan, at the CIIC launch

Honour to Professor Dawn Bennett

Congratulations to John Curtin Distinguished Professor Dawn Bennett (School of Humanities Research and Graduate Studies) on being awarded a Principal Fellowship through the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme.

The Fellowship is the Higher Education Academy’s highest category of recognition and acknowledges Dawn’s sustained, strategic and effective leadership in music, employability research, and online learning. Dawn is the Scheme’s first Western Australian member.   I am sure all staff will join me in congratulating her on this achievement.


This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.

The theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea and is an opportunity to: pay respect to country; honour those who work tirelessly to preserve land, sea and culture; and to share the stories of sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.

There are two NAIDOC Week events at Curtin, starting with the NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony this morning at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS).  The ceremony included an introduction from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Jill Downie and a presentation on this year’s theme by Curtin Elder-in-Residence Associate Professor Simon Forrest. The well attended ceremony was followed by a morning tea.

On Wednesday 8 July 12.00pm – 2.00pm, the Centre is hosting ‘CAS Kitchen Rules’ at Building 211. Traditional cuisines (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) will be included and prizes awarded to the dishes prefered by the judges and the public.  Everyone is welcome to attend and try some traditional food.  Please RSVP your attendance to


NAIDOC Week flag raising

NAIDOC Week flag raising

Other points of interest

The Senior Executive Team (SET) discussed student enrolment targets and adjustments to student fees for onshore international and full-fee paying postgraduate students at its meeting last Thursday.  The annual Strategic Load Planning and Fee Review process, facilitated by the Office of Strategy and Planning, analyses market conditions and makes projections regarding future student demand and possible adjustments to fees before setting targets and fee adjustments.  Consideration was given to increasing the ATAR for certain courses.

The next step will be breaking down the commencement targets to a school and course level to allow for budgeting and the development of the fee schedule that will then go to Planning and Management Committee for approval.




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