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Campus News : July 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News July 2011 3 The University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus (iC) has been named the best new business and industrial park in Australia. The Innovation Campus took out the prestigious award at the Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards at a gala dinner attended by more than 700 people at Sydney's Darling Harbour on 14 May. UOW Vice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange said the award recognised the quality of what the Innovation Campus offered to tenants, and would help the University market the campus to potential international partners looking to establish operations in Australia. UOW has already attracted Indian global ICT services company MphasiS, and is actively marketing the Innovation Campus internationally, particularly in China and India. The BlueScope Buildings Award for Best New Business and Industrial Park recognises and rewards the efficient use of capital in a new or refurbished business and industrial park development. In his acceptance speech, Mr Grange thanked sponsors, architects and University staff for helping to make the Innovation Campus vision a reality. "We are delighted and honoured that the Innovation Campus has been recognised as Australia's best new business park for 2011," Mr Grange said. "From its inception, we have applied the University of Wollongong's enterprising approach to the Innovation Campus and this included taking on the role of developer and self-funding the iC's first commercial building. "Today, the iC is a vibrant business and research hub attracting local and international tenants including BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal and global ICT services company MphasiS. The iC offers tenants the unique combination of A Grade facilities and proximity to Sydney, as well as synergies with the University's research strengths. The development of the iC continues and we look forward to an exciting year ahead," Mr Grange said. UOW Corporate Relations Director Craig Peden said Wollongong City Council and the federal and NSW governments past and present should also be thanked along with bodies such as Industry and Investment NSW and Austrade that had supported the University's marketing efforts in India and China. "It adds a credible focus that we are one of the best business locations in Australia for establishing a business enterprise. It is on the map now and people are going to check us out," Mr Peden said. Meanwhile, tenants have started to move into the new $40 million commercial building iC Enterprise 1. They include BHP Billiton, Illawarra Coal, MphasiS, the NSW Cancer Council and Tickets.com, which is re-locating its Asia-Pacific headquarters from Sydney. iC Enterprise 1 on UOW's Innovation Campus, named in June as Australia's best new business and industrial park. Australia's best new business park Tickets.com's General Manager for Asia-Pacific David Borg said the company selected the Innovation Campus following an extensive search for new premises covering south-west and southern Sydney and the Illawarra regions. "Tickets.com supports a large range of sports and entertainment clients across Australia and Asia-Pacific so access to high-speed data links was critical in our search for new premises. The Innovation Campus offered the ideal combination of quality commercial space, excellent IT infrastructure, value for money, and the unique opportunity to collaborate with the University of Wollongong on technology and recruitment initiatives," Mr Borg said. NH he can spend a few weeks with Professor Sutton before he officially retires on 31 December. In interviews after his appointment, Professor Wellings said he and his Australian wife were excited about the prospect of returning to Australia and joining UOW. He was attracted by the University's size, which is similar to Lancaster's, and its commitment to quality in both research and teaching. "It's a testament to the current Vice-Chancellor and his predecessors at Wollongong who have built a very strong international profile and have at the same time maintained an outstanding teaching environment," Professor Wellings said. "That for me was one of the great attractions - that UOW has managed to combine both while being one of the leading research universities and caring about the teaching environment. "Getting that intersection as effective as possible is a relatively unusual thing among leading universities. Many are thoroughly focused on research and not on the students. Wollongong is an example, certainly in the Australian context, (of a university) which has solved that complex problem." Professor Wellings said he was looking forward to building on UOW's research credentials. "Hopefully with my background as a researcher and in research policy I'll bring something to UOW that helps it move forward. It already has a set of international assets in terms of the infrastructure and people and that is a fantastic base to work from," he said. Professor Wellings will be UOW's fourth Vice-Chancellor since the University gained autonomy from the University of NSW in 1975. He follows the late Professor Michael Birt (1975-1981), Professor Ken McKinnon (1981-1995) and Professor Sutton who is the longest-serving of the trio having succeeded Professor McKinnon in early 1995. Professor Wellings believes continuity and stability is important. "I'm currently the fifth Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster and there is something to be said for continuity of leadership, not just the Vice-Chancellor but also the academic process in faculties and at the top of the institution. That is one of the strengths of UOW that the turnover rate of staff is relatively low and people stay and make major contributions to the institution. I'm delighted to be joining the group at UOW at the end of the year." Professor Sutton said he was extremely pleased with the appointment. "It gives me great personal satisfaction to see such an eminent and experienced person appointed as my successor," he said. "I am sure Paul will bring the same level of commitment to the University that I have felt and ensure that the University continues to increase its international standing and reputation." NH Next Vice-Chancellor visits UOW From Page 1.