From The VC's Desk

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 World Business Forum

World Business Forum

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role as Vice-Chancellor is representing the University and its community on the world stage. On a recent trip to Hong Kong to meet with alumni, I also had the opportunity to take part in the World Business Forum and lead a Q&A session for Sarah Lewis, a renowned curator, DuBois Fellow and Assistant Professor at Harvard University. More than 1200 del...

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 Future calling

Future calling

The University has been given a new look in more than one way. Connecting the academic and recreational hearts of the campus is central to the University’s master plan Whilst the Shared Identity reinvigoration project has reintroduced the Macquarie Lighthouse across the University community, on the ground definite changes to campus have been taking shape. The biggest changes you wil...

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 The future of Science

The future of Science

There has been much commentary in the media lately about the future of science in Australia, as the proposed changes to higher education wend their way slowly through the parliamentary process. The results of those changes, approved or not, will frame discussion across the nation about the importance of science and scientific research for the term of this government and beyond. There can be...

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 The year that was: 2014

The year that was: 2014

When significant milestones in our lives are reached, we are afforded a brief opportunity to pause and reflect on the past, assess where we have landed in the present, and look with anticipation for what the future might hold. For Macquarie University, our Jubilee year has been such an opportunity; we have reflected on the first 50 years of this great institution and shared many fond memories ...

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 Launch of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Launch of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

One of the joys of leading a university is the possibility it presents to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. The most obvious impact we have is on the lives of our students who, in their studies and social lives on campus, are able to follow their interests and turn them into rewarding and fulfilling careers. Universities also have a responsibility to research and creat...

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 The best things in life aren’t free, but they are priceless

The best things in life aren’t free, but they are priceless

Australian universities today face many challenges, not least changes embedded in the recent Federal budget. As we contemplate those changes, with no certainty which of them will survive the Senate, we must assure ourselves that no matter what political wind or ideology prevails, change is here to stay. As universities, change is our business. Gone are the dreaming spires of old: modern uni...