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Campus News : December 2011
4 Campus News December 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has welcomed the University of Wollongong's latest initiative to strengthen its ties with India. Premier O'Farrell witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton and Arun Jagatramka, who is Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat NRE Coking Coal, the Illawarra- based subsidiary of Indian company Gujarat NRE Coke. The signing ceremony took place in Mumbai on 16 November. UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Joe Chicharo said the proposal to develop an Indian campus in partnership with Mr Jagatramka's company was in the initial phase. Professor Chicharo said an action plan, including developing a business case proposal for UOW Council to consider, would continue during 2012. "The University of Wollongong and Indian-Australian businessman Arun Jagatramka have agreed to explore the potential establishment of a UOW presence in India," Mr O'Farrell said. Mr O'Farrell said that Mr Jagatramka and UOW will consider establishing the higher education institution in the city of Ahmedabad, in Gujarat state, and initially they will focus on providing niche higher education programs, such as bachelors and masters degrees, at a purpose-built campus in Ahmedabad. Premier welcomes UOW plans for India NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell (centre) with UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton (left) and Gujarat NRE Coking Coal Chairman Arun Jagatramka at the signing ceremony in Mumbai. REGIONAL ICON, GLOBAL ACHIEVER has been published to celebrate the University of Wollongong's 60th anniversary and mark the end of Vice- Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton's era at UOW. The 152-page coffee table-style book charts UOW's evolution from a tiny divisional college to an autonomous university and a world-class institution. The book includes interviews with many of the key figures in the University's history, and goes behind the scenes to explain how and why major decisions were made. It also has special features about many of the University's iconic features, including its magnificent grounds and the UOW Art Collection. REGIONAL ICON, GLOBAL ACHIEVER features hundreds of photos and many of the milestones in UOW's development. Author Nick Hartgerink said he had wanted to show the impact UOW had had on the region, while also focusing on some of the University's features that people now take for granted. "The UOW story is an extraordinary one. In the past three decades it has gone from a small regional university to a two-times Australian University of the "They will work closely to identify academic programs that will be relevant to servicing the needs of students, government and industry both in India and internationally," the Premier said. "Most importantly, the institution will also serve as a bridge for stronger educational ties between Australia and India, and in particular Wollongong, the Illawarra, and NSW. Book celebrates UOW's colourful history Year and a significant global player with the most successful western university in the United Arab Emirates," he said. "This didn't happen by chance. It was the result of great vision and a lot of hard work by many people. "I wanted to chart this progress, but also focus on how some of the other aspects of the University have come about. "For example, I was lucky enough to track down Leon Fuller. He was the Landscape Supervisor who planted thousands of trees around the campus between 1975 in 1981 which transformed it from a bare and unattractive place into arguably the most beautiful campus in Australia. Leon had not been to the campus in years and was absolutely thrilled to see the impact his trees have had. "It is also significant that this book is published at the end of Gerard Sutton's almost 17 years as Vice-Chancellor. His era has been an incredible period of growth and achievement that has laid very strong foundations for an exciting future." The book, which was designed by Paul Martens, can be ordered on-line at email@example.com/unishop at a cost of $30, with postage within Australia an additional $5 (more for international orders). CN NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir looks at REGIONAL ICON, GLOBAL ACHIEVER with Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton and the book's author Nick Hartgerink, at a reception at Government House in Professor Sutton's honour. Professor Bashir contributed the Foreword to the book. "I congratulate Mr Jagatramka and the University on this initiative which will benefit all stakeholders, including students, industry, and local, state and national governments." The Premier said Mr Jagatramka and the University were working on a more in- depth educational services collaboration agreement that will detail the University's involvement in the proposed institution's teaching and learning programs, academic staff development, scientific information and materials, research, conferences and symposiums, and other related activities. "A robust plan with key milestones has been agreed and work has already begun on undertaking the necessary due diligence, planning and establishment planning," Mr O'Farrell said. "The University of Wollongong is representative of the world-quality education that our universities offer, and having an on-the-ground presence in India will help to promote our state as a leader in international education." BG REGIONAL ICON GLOBAL ACHIEVER A HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG 1951-2011 By Nick Hartgerink RRP: $30 through the UniShop firstname.lastname@example.org/unishop