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Campus News : October 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2010 9 INNOVATION CAMPUS NEWS Thérèse Rein opens building honouring former Chancellor The University of Wollongong recognised former Chancellor Michael Codd's contribution over 12 years when a building named in his honour was opened at the Innovation Campus in August. Close friend and business associate Thérèse Rein, wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, officially opened the $20 million Mike Codd Building which houses UOW's Sydney Business School and a Digital Media Centre that is a partnership between UOW and the TAFE Illawarra Institute. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton said it was fitting that a building named after Dr Codd be located on the Innovation Campus (iC), because as Chancellor "his insight and special knowledge of government and business helped to ... realise the major UOW projects of the last decade, including the Innovation Campus." Professor Sutton said Dr Codd could take great pride in the way the Innovation Campus is developing -- the Mike Codd Building being the fourth building to open with two more under construction. Dr Codd, a former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, served three terms as UOW's Chancellor from 1997-2009. He also Dr Codd said it was a double honour to have the building named after him, and to have Ms Rein open it. He praised UOW as a "great institution" with a culture focused on students "and providing them with every opportunity for growth". He hoped that the importance of culture and leadership in business success would be a major element of teaching at the business school. Executive Dean (Business) Professor John Glynn said the new location for the Sydney Business School would dramatically increase its ability to service the region's business community with executive programs and short courses in addition to postgraduate business degree and certificate courses. The Digital Media Centre provides high- tech digital facilities, including a film and television studio, animation room and The University of Wollongong's research and commercial precinct, Innovation Campus (iC), has announced BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal will be the anchor tenant for its $40 million iC Enterprise 1 commercial building. Illawarra Coal has secured a lease for 2000sqm of commercial space on the top floor of iC Enterprise 1 for its new headquarters, with management and administration to be relocated from the company's current headquarters in Port Kembla when the building is completed in mid-2011. Illawarra Coal and UOW have a long history of partnership through the Faculty of Engineering's School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering encompassing research, scholarships, Illawarra Coal makes Enterprising move graduate roles and publications. Illawarra Coal is also a major sponsor of the Science Centre and Planetarium situated on the Innovation Campus, and Platinum sponsor of the UOW Illawarra Coal Science Fair. UOW Vice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange said: "The University of Wollongong is delighted Illawarra Coal has selected the Innovation Campus for its new headquarters. The aim of the Innovation Campus is to bring local and international businesses together with leading researchers and it is fitting that our first major commercial tenant is a global company with historic links to both the Illawarra region and the University." Illawarra Coal General Manager Sustainable Development and External Affairs John Brannon said he is pleased the company is continuing its strong involvement with UOW. "As one of the region's major employers, we are delighted to be involved with the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, which will be a central hub for computer labs, a specialised recording and sound stage area and editing suites. It will house the Bachelor of Digital Media, which combines the practical industry-focused learning offered by TAFE Illawarra Screen and Media programs with the media arts practice and visual theory offered by UOW's Faculty of Creative Arts. The NSW Government contributed $4.8 million towards the building's construction. NH Left: Thérèse Rein and Michael Codd at the ceremony to name a building after Mr Codd, UOW's former Chancellor. Above: Pictured at the opening of the Mike Codd Building at the Innovation Campus (from left): Executive Dean (Business) Professor John Glynn, Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton, TAFE Illawarra Institute Director Di Murray, Deputy Chancellor Dr Stephen Andersen, Fiona Howarth and her husband Michael Codd, Thérèse Rein and the then Minister for the Illawarra Paul McLeay. Current Chairman of Transparency International Australia and former NSW ICAC Commissioner Jerrold Cripps, QC, launched a new course at UOW's Innovation Campus which has been developed in collaboration with major anti-corruption stakeholder agencies at national and state government levels. The Graduate Certificate (Integrity Studies), being introduced by the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention worked closely with Ms Rein as board member and chair of her highly successful international employment and training organisation, the Ingeus Group of Companies. Ms Rein said she hoped that students who studied in the Mike Codd Building would "walk away with some of Mike's characteristics" such as honesty and wisdom, the ability to remain calm and rational, the skill to bring out the best in people and the optimism and belief that the world can be a better place". local, state, national and international businesses well into the future," Mr Brannon said. Enterprise 1 has a further 7,700sqm of commercial space available, with negotiations underway with other potential tenants. NH CTCP launches integrity course (CTCP), is designed to recognise the growing importance of anti-corruption and oversight as a strategy within crime prevention and integrity assurance in the public sector and beyond. CTCP Executive Director Professor Andrew Goldsmith said the new course linked the fields of professional ethics, public administration and crime prevention. It would introduce students to a variety of key concepts, principles, challenges and practices arising in the fields of anti-corruption and integrity assurance, including the public service ethos, conflict of interest scenarios and whistleblower provisions. BG