Confucius philosophised that if you find the job you love you'll never work a day in your life. Although inspirational and, on first glance, straightforward, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few. Approximately one year ago I went from being one of many to one of the select few.
The health and wellbeing of the world is in good hands.
Three outstanding young UWA graduates with social consciences, bright minds and a commitment to global health have won prestigious scholarships to take them on their journey towards making the world a better place.
As this is my last UWA News column as Vice-Chancellor, I want to confirm what a privilege it has been to lead this University - an institution with such a strong history of support for the social and economic well-being of our State, and which has played such an important part in the personal growth and development of generations of young Western Australians.
As we near the end of another academic year, we are pleased to acknowledge the success of three UWA researchers who have been named as 2011 Scientist of the Year finalists in the Western Australian Science of the Year Awards.
The Royal visit to Perth last week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the involvement of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the history of our University.
We often talk about our University as being a ‘community' or a ‘family' and it certainly feels that way, especially when staff and students work together to ensure the success of events such as Open Day and the Parents' Welcome, or in response to emergencies such as the hail storm in March 2010.
Rob Marshall, final year medical student and president of the Australian Medical Students' Association, won this year's Alan Charters Prize for his presentation following his elective in Haiti earlier this year.
Rob had taken a year off from his medical studies to spend a year in France and, on the way home in early 2010, he read about the earthquake that had devastated the French-speaking island. He organised his elective over the next 12 months. This is an edited version of his report.