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Campus News : March 2010
1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News April 2010 9 The new chairman of the University of Wollongong's corporate arm, the ITC Group of Companies, believes the company is ideally placed to take on new opportunities in Australian and international tertiary education. Engineer and businessman Peter Robson took over as ITC chair at the beginning on 2010 from Dr Brian Hickman, who retired after five years in the role. Mr Robson is excited about growth prospects for the ITC Group. He said the company had a great entrepreneurial tradition and is determined to continue expanding its horizons. ITC provides marketing and other services to UOW, and operates education and training facilities in Australia and overseas. These include the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and Wollongong College Australia, which provides pathways to university for around 15% of UOW's students, a flying school and a film school. Mr Robson, who has been a board member since 2003, said ITC had an excellent strategic plan for 2010-2012. "ITC is a company that knows where it is going over the next few years and has good people right through the organisation to execute its plans," Mr Robson said. "And we are 100% focused on educational services, because that is what we are good at." He said while consolidation and profitability were clearly important "we don't want to lose the entrepreneurial spirit that has long been the basis for ITC's growth". "ITC has been prepared to take risks in the past, and some have succeeded handsomely," he said, pointing to UOWD, established in 1993, as an example of great success. "The success of UOWD is a great credit to the vision and courage of the founders of ITC, especially (former ITC New ITC chairman eyes opportunities CEO) Jim Langridge, Ken McKinnon (who was Vice-Chancellor at the time) and Gerard Sutton (Vice-Chancellor since 1995). Establishing a campus in the United Arab Emirates was an amazingly visionary thing to do at the time. "It has been highly successful, and as each year goes by our reputation and relationship with the Emirati leadership are enhanced. There are very few Australian, or British, Canadian or American companies for that matter, that can claim the success we've had in that part of the world. "I want to see us build on that success by expanding our courses offerings, and use UOWD as a stepping stone for increasing our presence in the Middle East." Mr Robson said ITC could also see opportunities in the Federal Government's tertiary education agenda. "The Rudd Government is determined to give a broader spectrum of the Australian population a good shot at tertiary education, and we're well- placed (through Wollongong College Australia) to provide new courses and a stepping stone for people to do that." Mr Robson is a chemical engineer by The International Film School Sydney (IFSS) has enrolled 44 new students for the 2010 Autumn intake - more than double the enrolements for Autumn 2009. The IFSS, located in Rosebery in Sydney, is run through the University of Wollongong's largest subsidiary and global education provider, ITC. IFSS head Duncan Thompson said the school had "broken all records" with 44 new students now beginning their studies. He said this 2010 intake is more than the combined intake of Autumn and Spring 2009. Run by experienced filmmakers, the IFSS has a strong pool of full-time staff along with local and international guest lecturers, artists and technicians. Since 2004, the IFSS has trained hundreds of directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and other film professionals. Students are able to showcase their best work in international and local festivals and screenings. Copyright to the films made by the students at IFSS belongs to the students. The IFSS is the only film school to partner with Tropfest three years in a row. Shanti Rajini, who was recently announced as the scholarship winner of the IFSS 2009 Tropfest Bright Sparks Award, has now begun studies for the two-year Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media at the school. Shanti was granted the full scholarship for her short listed film The Chicken Lady as selected for The Bright Sparks Award at 2009's Movie Extra Tropfest. And following the announcement of Shanti's scholarship, the IFSS has now also announced that Dimitrios Pouliotis from Adelaide is the winner of The Bright Sparks Award from the 2010 Tropfest event. BG Film school enrolments up UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton (foreground) on a recent tour of the IFSS headquarters in Rosebery. He is pictured with IFSS head Duncan Thompson (right) and ITC Colleges Director Ian Tobin. profession. In a successful and diverse career he has been involved in manufacturing at operational and senior executive levels in Australia and Asia, served on a major government review of the Australian manufacturing sector and been the national secretary of Australia's largest trade union, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). While leading the CPSU he also served on the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and was involved in negotiations for the Prices and Incomes Accord which helped propel the Hawke Labor Government into power in 1983. Mr Robson also helped pioneer the emerging wine-growing district of Orange, and his family winery Ross Hill Wines, established in 1994, is now firmly established as one of the district's best. He chairs the NSW Government's Defence Industry Advisory Board and a committee that reviews accidents in the mining industry. He has other board roles with a company that recycles batteries (which he also chairs), a company that manufactures aquafeed for fish farms and Australia's largest private defence supplier, CEA Technologies, which supplies electronics and radars to the Australian Defence Forces. NH ITC Group of Companies Chairman Peter Robson.