The University of Western Australia was honoured to be selected for the 2008 Commonwealth Day Lecture. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Donald Markwell, in conjunction with Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO and the Commonwealth Round Table in Australia hosted the event.
Balmy summer nights and a line up of seven events across music, theatre and film proved to be an excellent mix for enthusiastic attendees of the UWA Alumni Events at the 2008 UWA Perth International Arts Festival.
My service as Dean of this Faculty concludes at the end of May, after nearly 6 years. This has been a period of very substantial change for the Faculty and the University, with some very pleasing outcomes.
What can be done against Global Warming, atmospheric pollution and fuel prices at record highs? In January 2008, the Renewable Energy Vehicle (REV) project was re-started under the leadership of Associate Professor Thomas Bräunl and Dr Kamy Cheng.
It is no surprise that China’s demand for raw materials such as iron ore has fuelled Western Australia’s economic growth. China is now WA’s number one trading partner accounting for 21.45% of WA exports in 2007. Given the overall strength of the Chinese economy, the WA mining boom is set to continue with the Sino-Australian trade relationship currently worth billions. WA’s sister state in China is Zhejiang Province, a major recipient of iron ore. In order to take advantage of the trade partnership, engineers need to be well versed in Chinese business, language and culture. The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia exists to promote Chinese language, culture and business and to strengthen Sino-Australian ties.
The Class of 1981 held their 25th Year Engineering Reunion on Saturday 10 November 2007. Forty-one engineering graduates returned to UWA to celebrate their year’s reunion with some returning from interstates. The reunion, a cocktail party was held in the UWA Boat Shed.
Addressing the engineering skill shortage and creating opportunities to train our future engineers to take them to a new level of professional job readiness has lead to a strategic industry partnership between UWA and Lycopodium.
Lycopodium General Manager of Operations, Mr Peter De Leo and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson signed a sponsorship agreement on 14 December 2007 to secure the Lycopodium Design Studio within the Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (ILC).