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Campus News : July 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News July 2011 7 Alumni graduates of our university... very well for meeting some of the challenges of operating in the increasingly competitive UAE higher education market, where there are 73 private institutions with nationally licensed operations, with 520 accredited degree programs between them. The most immediate tasks now are to capitalise on the UOWD reputation and the developments, over the last three years, in order to: (i) make our current degree programs stronger, more innovative and more attractive, especially by developing curricula that are truly international -- in collaboration with UOW, (ii) extend our offerings into new student markets, in new discipline areas, and (iii) use the doctoral student projects to develop and cement stronger partnerships with industry and government agencies. There are many opportunities for us in this region, and it would be great to see our activities benefitting from more collaboration between staff at UOW. The UAE region needs more training and research in key public service areas such as public health, education, public administration and security. UOWD does not yet have the human capacity to develop responses to these national needs, but UOW does. The UOWD alumni network (now 5000 strong, including 1000 Emiratis) and our industry and government connections would also allow us to help UOW staff to develop a Middle East dimension to their research. REWARDING: Working in such a multicultural and dynamic place as the UAE has been energising and exciting. There are numerous opportunities waiting to be seized, but progress requires an understanding of the rich and complex culture of the UAE and some knowledge of how to work in it as an expatriate. Developing that understanding and knowledge has been an enjoyable and enriching experience. Perhaps the greatest rewards have come from working with the staff, students and alumni in a fledgling University. There is such a strong sense of commitment to the institution and support for what we are trying to do. UOWD is like a big family and helping with the professional and personal development of the staff here has been immensely rewarding. FOOTNOTE: UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton paid tribute to Professor Whelan for his significant contribution to UOWD, which he said had cemented UOWD's outstanding academic record in the UAE and broader region. He said an international search was under way to find his successor. Postcard from Dubai Reflections on 3 years at UOWD From page 6. SUSIE BURRELL Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) 2000 Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Hons) 2002 Susie Burrell has used her expertise in nutrition and dieting to carve out a high-profile media career, with regular television appearances, newspaper and magazine columns and a book. Since completing her Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons) and Bachelor Science (Psychology) (Hons) degrees at the University of Wollongong Susie has forged an enviable industry reputation. Known nationally for her regular diet and nutrition segments on Channel Seven's Sunrise show, the high- profile food consultant credits hard work and a steely determination to her rising professional success. "The more I do, the more I realise that you have to be very tough," Susie said. "As my profile has increased I have learnt that you can become very vulnerable to criticism. You just have to remember that these incidents are not a reflection of who you are," she said. A part-time paediatric dietician at the Westmead Children's Hospital, Susie is also a private consultant and sports dietician for the Parramatta Eels. Soon after graduating she began consultancy work for National Basketball League club the Wollongong Hawks and in little under a year had landed a contract with National Rugby League club St George Illawarra. With a secure job under her belt, Susie started carving out her name on the media circuit. "I had always wanted to write, in fact I wrote for local papers and newsletters right through university," Susie said. "I started to produce an e-newsletter that I sent to media contacts and much work has since come from that. The newsletter, Susie's Updates, still gets distributed every Monday morning and has more than 10,000 subscribers," she said. Susie now writes her own column for the Daily Telegraph in addition to regular contributions to Weight Watchers Nutritionist carves out media career Magazine, Woman's Day and Bicycling Australia. Remarkably, while dishing out diet and nutrition advice to thousands of readers every week she is also Channel Nine's Mornings with Kerri-Anne resident food consultant and manages two consultation clinics in Sydney. "Remembering that it is not about you but about delivering useful information to your clients and viewers is one of the most important aspects of my job," Susie said. With that in mind, Susie wants to continue to expand her audience and reach out to more people, and has the United States in her sights. Susie's first book Losing the last 5kg was published in 2010 and she is currently finalising a second book to be released early next year. MC Nutritionist Susie Burrell has carved out a successful media career.