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Campus News : October 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2010 3 Campus celebrates cultural diversity UOW's main campus was transformed into a colourful cultural bazaar in August as students and staff from around the world helped celebrate International Week. Each day a different array of events and activities highlighted the cultural diversity on campus. Events included cultural dress day, a photography competition, international trivia and an international- focused clubs day. International Week coordinator April West said the week gave students and staff a chance to get involved with university life. "The activities were a good combination of fun, food and performance while also delivering some important messages and cultural lessons," she said. One of the highlights of the week was Global Highway. Students from 20 different countries set up stalls with different activities, music and food. UOW students and staff and 160 excited children from neighbouring Gwynneville Public School were encouraged to collect a passport and 'travel' between each country to collect a stamp. The event was organised by students who live in university residences, like Tessa Lumsden from International House. "The fact that we had 20 countries participating this year showed the growing diversity in our residences and a real enthusiasm by students to share their cultural identity," Tessa said. "We have such a diverse mix of nationalities and cultures living in the residences, and Global Highway is always a fun and informative event." Stalls stretched from the UniBar to the McKinnon Building provided a festive and colourful atmosphere with music, dancing and other activities. This year's stalls featured the United States, Australia, Bhutan, China, England, Germany, India, Indigenous Australia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan -- Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. KM Pictured from top: Global Highway coordinator Tessa Lumsden and fellow International House resident Martin Mureithi, from Kenya; a South African "lion"; a Sri Lankan student with a traditional mask; Iranian students at their stall; and an African drum workshop. UOW shines in two key rankings The University of Wollongong has maintained its ranking as one of the world's top two per cent of research universities for the fourth successive year with the release of the highly-respected 2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings in August. The release in the same month of the 2011 Good Universities Guide was more good news for UOW, which achieved a record 43 stars from nine critical categories listed in the independent guide to Australian universities. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education's annual Academic Ranking of World Universities is strongly weighted in favour of research. The Institute scans universities that have Nobel Laureates, field medals, highly cited researchers, or papers published in prestigious journals such as Nature or Science. The Institute also scans major universities of every country with a significant number of articles indexed in major citation indices. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton said the ranking was a further testament to the University's international reputation as a research-intensive university - a fact reinforced with the 5-star ratings UOW received in the Good Universities Guide. "The Jiao Tong rankings are well regarded and the latest result clearly demonstrates that UOW stands proud as a leading national and international research orientated university," Professor Sutton said. In the Good Universities Guide UOW scored 43 stars, up from 40 stars in 2008 and 2009 and 41 stars in 2010 from the nine categories. UOW gained a maximum five stars in the categories of: • Getting a Job • Positive Graduate Outcomes • Research Intensivity • Graduate Satisfaction • Staff Qualifications • Staff-Student Ratios • Generic Skills. It gained four stars in the categories of Graduate Starting Salary and Teaching Quality. Under the guide's ranking system, only the top 20 per cent of universities can be awarded a five-star rating in any one category. UOW stands alongside the metropolitan-based 'Group of Eight' universities in recording the maximum five-star ratings as a research- intensive university for the fourth successive year. "It's clear for Australian and overseas students scrutinising this guide that UOW ranks among the elite research and teaching universities in Australia," Professor Sutton said. The Good Universities Guide draws its information from the Federal Government's Department of Education, Science and Training as well as the results of the national Graduate Destination Surveys. BG