2016 marks a special milestone for one of the University’s most established faculties. From its humble beginnings in 1916, the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Australia has grown to be ranked 33rd in the world, and 7th in Australia, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Approximately 9,000 teachers have been awarded Education qualifications since 1916, many becoming leading scholars, international researchers and inspiring teachers to their own students.
Dean of Education, Professor Helen Wildy, says the centenary celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the Faculty’s past and to thank the community and those who have contributed to making the Faculty what it is today – a leader in education worldwide.
“I began my teaching preparation at UWA in 1964. Over the years I have witnessed the transformation of the Faculty into a leading graduate school offering 19 teaching courses,” says Professor Wildy.
“I am proud to be part of the Faculty and to be involved in some of its achievements. The highlight of my time as Dean is hearing about our students making a difference in education through their teaching and guidance of students.”
“This is what all our staff strive to achieve. Whatever path our graduates have undertaken, a common thread is the mark they’ve made in education. They have helped future generations learn, create and imagine the impossible to achieve great things.”
Launching the centenary events is the highly anticipated Ministers of Education Forum in March. Premier Colin Barnett together with former and current Ministers including Dr Elizabeth Constable will partake in a panel discussion. Here they will review past achievements in WA schooling and speculate on future developments in education. This is the first time such an event will be held in Perth.
The program of events will be announced during the year at the centenary website.