It is said that high achievement takes place in the framework of high expectation. If we measure the success of our University by the success of our graduates and staff then we can all be proud following the accolades of the past few weeks.
The role of the University in informing public debate and helping to shape public policy is both dynamic and vital. Every day our staff, students and graduates respond to the transformational forces that are changing the way people and societies see themselves, how they interact, and how they develop public policy.
We often refer to the fact that our University was built on the extraordinary philanthropy and vision of our founders almost a century ago ... and our whole community continues to enjoy the benefits of the generosity of new generations of friends and supporters.
Two events occurring on the same morning and only a couple of hundred metres apart on campus recently provided another example of the breadth and depth of our University's rich heritage and innovative future.
The early months of the year provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on the spectrum of academic activity at our University.
In the early part of the year we celebrated the academic excellence of the State's school leavers as they received their results and finalised their decisions for further study. This is very important since our University continues to be the ‘university of choice' for the highest achieving students - and we enrol around 85 per cent of school leavers with a TER of more than 95.
We are moving towards the end of another year of achievement marked by continuing success at an institutional and individual level. This success is the result of outstanding effort from all staff. No matter what your role on campus, your contribution is valued and appreciated.