If anyone wanted confirmation of Vice-Chancellor our University's central place in global scholarship, they need only look at a list of events for the first few days of this month organised or hosted by staff of the University.
Throughout the year, the role of our University in the world beyond the campus is emphasised by a huge range of events and activities. There are many aspects to this, but a number of recent events stand out.
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.