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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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16 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Special Advertising Feature CDU reviews a year of strong growth changeyourworld.com.au or call 1800 725 357 Applications for Semester One 2010 admission are now open Appointments Vice-Chancellor CDUS new Vice-Chancellor arrived in the Territory at the start of the year. Professor Barney Glover has a strong record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management, and capital development. He was formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle. Dean, LBA Faculty A lawyer with more than 30 years experience in legal education in Canada and Australia took up the position of Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Arts. Professor Gary Davis, served more than two terms as Dean of Law at Flinders University since 2001 and was a Professor in that universitys Law School before his appointment at CDU. Head of VET Dr Barry McKnight has just taken up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor, VET. He was previously the Managing Director of Pilbara TAFE, WA, which services an area covering 500,000 sq/km. He has a wide background in senior management within the VET (TAFE) sectors in three states, including in regional and remote communities. New role focuses on Indigenous interests Professor Steve Larkin, formerly Principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra, has taken up the position of Pro ViceChancellor, Indigenous Leadership. Professor Larkin has held leading roles in a variety of organisations focused on Indigenous-related issues. CDU ranks 5th in Aust on research list THE quality of research at CDU was recognised in a new international ranking of universities. The Spain-based SCImago Institutions 2009 World Report published the fi rst index of institutions that are active in research, and ranked CDU in the top fi ve Australian universities. SCImago used various measures to create the index, including the number of times a universitys scholarly papers are quoted in the work of other researchers. Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said CDUs ranking of fi fth place against 36 Australian universities was an outstanding achievement. Only the universities of Melbourne, Queensland, NSW and the Australian National University were ranked more highly than CDU. Sizzling start to Summer Semester SUMMER Semester is a hit among students with enrolments in this study period contributing to the growth of CDUs student numbers. Applications by students to start studying in Summer Semester 2009 are up by 37 per cent compared with 2008. This year is the third consecutive year in which Summer Semester enrolments have grown. CDU is one of only a few universities in Australia that allows students to start a degree during Summer Semester. PARTY TIME: CDU hosts a summer party each year in the run-up to Summer Semester. Students Sundus Ahmed and Nirmalfdeep Singh get into the party mood at this years event. By ROBYN McDOUGALL CHARLES Darwin University is working in a range of established and new partnerships to strengthen its education and training and to help build the Territory. One important partnership established this year, with Flinders University, will deliver a fi rst for the NT. Together, the universities are establishing a Medical Program in the NT so local students can complete their medical training without leaving the Territory. Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon was on the Casuarina campus for the signing of the historic letter of intent for the Northern Territory Medical Program. The Australian Governments $27.8 million infrastructure funding will support the introduction of the program. It will be run by Flinders University with extensive support from CDU. Buildings for the program will be located at Royal Darwin Hospital and at CDUs Casuarina campus. The program is expected to improve the health of Northern Territorians, particularly Indigenous Territorians, by training local doctors who will be more likely to work in the NT after they graduate. Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover welcomed the growing Flinders/CDU partnership. He said that the universities collaboration on the Medical Program would boost their capacities to fi nd new ways of tackling Indigenous disadvantage. The fi rst intake of students will be in 2011. Partnerships benefi t entire community: NT to produce its own doctors NEW DEAN: Prof Gary Davis SIGN ON: (From left) Flinders University VC Professor Michael Barber, Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon, and CDU VC Professor Barney Glover at the Medical Program signing. Higher education enrolments set record CDU has had a record year for enrolments in its higher education (HE) programs for the third year running. The university grew HE enrolments by nine per cent this year, lifting the total number of HE students to 7445. This growth is signifi cantly above average for Australias higher education sector. The university also had eight per cent more VET students in 2009 compared with 2008, taking the total student enrolment to more than 21,000. VET team takes top training title THE VET enterprise enjoyed outstanding success at the 2009 NT Training Awards, taking out the top award for an institution. CDU was named Training Provider of the Year for its outstanding achievements in all aspects of delivering VET. Awards that recognised CDU included: VET in Schools Student of the Year (winner), School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year (winner and runner-up), VET in Schools Excellence Award (runner-up), Trainee of the Year (runner-up), and Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year (winner). CDU joins Innovative Research Universities CDU was invited to join Innovative Research Universities (IRU), which promotes high-quality research, collaboration between members, and provides a unique perspective in advancing the national education agenda. Other members of the IRU are Flinders, Griffi th, James Cook, La Trobe, Murdoch and Newcastle universities. Walkabout Chef receives Aust Day honour STEVE Sunk, CDUs most celebrated chef and VET cooking lecturer, received an Australia Day honour. Mr Sunk received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to education through curriculum design and development, and as a teacher to NT Indigenous communities and professional groups. Recognition for academic innovation TWO academic innovators have been recognised for their commitment to quality learning and teaching with prestigious citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Web and Multimedia Manager with the Academic Development Team, Helen Rysavy and Senior Lecturer, Health Science and Social Work, Dr Deborah West received $10,000 citations for their long-standing contributions to the quality of student learning and improving the overall student experience. Palmerston campus land use under review EARLY planning is under way for the construction of short-term staff and student accommodation and a possible residential development on part of the 127 ha Palmerston campus. Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said that if the development proceeded, it would allow the university to turn some of its land asset into an educational asset for the future of CDU and the Palmerston community. BRIEFLY

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