It may be a case of being in the right place at the right time, but every so often, a pioneering individual in society sees a need and endeavours to address it. Our University honours several of our own innovators in many of our significant facilities.
Recent references in the national media to our University's introduction of curriculum changes from next year has helped to focus public attention on these reforms - the biggest changes to our curriculum since our University's inception.
Our University's increasing prominence globally was demonstrated again recently by the visit of the influential Chinese leader, His Excellency Mr Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative.
We are very proud that another of our graduates, Dr Malcolm McCusker AO QC, is to be the next Governor of Western Australia. As the recipient of a UWA Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws and well known for his commitment to championing justice in the community, Dr McCusker is an outstanding choice as Governor.
The Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr visited our University recently to celebrate the awarding of one of the largest grants ever made to an ARC Centre of Excellence in the area of humanities.
Our School of Indigenous Studies celebrated 21 highly successful years last week - a milestone that could not have been reached without the dedication and intellectual zeal of the School's former and present staff and students.