This editorial by UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater appeared in The West Australian newspaper on 21 August 2018.
How do you measure and what counts as success? For some, it is reasonably easy – sales figures and KPIs achieved, meeting budget and other industry standard indicators of performance. But until now there has been no definitive measure of the dollar-figure contribution our top universities make to the community.
An Australian vice-chancellor has called for universities to adopt a sectoral position on free speech, after her university cancelled a controversial address on safety grounds.
The University of Western Australia head Dawn Freshwater said that the sector should emulate the University of Chicago in articulating principles of free expression. She has also called a meeting of her academic board to discuss what she terms a “crisis of leadership” afflicting society.
Professor Akshay Venkatesh, believed to be one of The University of Western Australia’s youngest graduates, is only the second Australian to have been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious mathematical awards – the Fields Medal.
One of the State’s top mining executives, a former Australian cricketer and educator and a world-leading breast cancer surgeon are among 18 graduates and three staff members of The University of Western Australia who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Each year, the UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program awards 10 scholarships to exceptional young people studying at The University of Western Australia. Fogarty Scholars are academic high achievers with the desire, motivation and ability to positively influence their communities. They are UWA’s best and brightest.
Close to 200 academics, university leaders and researchers from across the world are meeting at The University of Western Australia in Perth this week to celebrate their efforts towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to determine the next steps in tackling these and other global issues.