Welcome to the first edition of eBiz for 2007 - a year which is destined to be filled with memorable highlights and milestones. The visible progress of our new Business School building at the southern end of campus (where the sheep used to roam!) is a fitting symbol of the progress we are making across all aspects of our operations. For all of us at the UWA Business School it is tremendously rewarding to begin to see some of our ambitious plans translate to realities.
In January 2007, we implemented our plans to bring together all parts of the Business School into one team and we have appointed senior people to new roles that will invest in enhancing our student experience, our research performance and our international standing. Student numbers for 2007 are strong and we welcome our new students and welcome back our returning students to our beautiful campus.
Our fundraising campaign continues to gain momentum and to date the initiatives funded by our Futures Fund have been very successful and contribute to building our reputation internationally. We have recently instituted an International Visiting Professor Program, sponsored by Alcoa, which is attracting scholars of worldwide repute to Western Australia. We have received a pleasing international response for the recently advertised Woodside Professorial Chair and I hope to be able to announce an appointment shortly.
We have taken the opportunity over the past few years to reconnect with many of our alumni both in Australia and internationally - particularly here in Perth and in Los Angeles, New York, London, Singapore and Malaysia. Our Alumni Officer, Catherine Doherty has done a terrific job of building a database of alumni contacts and we always welcome updates. The enthusiastic support and involvement from our alumni positively shapes the opportunities available for future students.
Here's to an exciting 2007!