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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
NEW-LOOK MAGAZINE Welcome to the July edition of CONNECT: UOW. Our new-look quarterly magazine replaces CAMPUS NEWS, the name used for a variety of UOW publications since 1975. CONNECT: UOW reflects the new branding that has been rolled out across the University. While the magazine has a fresh new design, it continues our commitment to keeping you up to date with latest news and views from UOW and the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and news about our talented alumni making their mark on the world. JULY 2012 CONNECT :UOW 3 CONNECT: NEWS The University of Wollongong has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with international lubricants manufacturer CASTROL for a wide-ranging partnership. The partnership has a strong focus on innovation between UOW researchers and CASTROL's Global Mining Team, particularly on developing products and services that help reduce total operating costs and risk for mining companies across the world. The partnership will also focus on developing scholarships, internships and graduate programs for UOW students. Senior CASTROL executives joined UOW Vice- Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings and UOW Ambassador and former champion cricketer Adam Gilchrist at the MOU signing at the University on June 28. Mr Gilchrist played a key role in bringing the University and CASTROL together, as he works closely with both organisations and considered the partnership would be of mutual benefit. He has represented the University as an Ambassador since 2008, and has been a CASTROL Brand Ambassador for nine years. Mr Gilchrist said his intimate knowledge of both organisations led to him suggesting they should talk about areas of common interest, such as research and development, that would be positive for both. AMBASSADOR ADAM OILS CASTROL PARTNERSHIP "Both are wonderful organisations, highly respected in their areas of expertise," Mr Gilchrist said. "The opportunities (for collaboration) in the research and development area are very exciting, but also broadening horizons for students and providing opportunities for graduates." CASTROL Global Mining Manager Dave Collings said: "CASTROL is accelerating its global mining program, and we were looking to develop a relationship with a tertiary institution that is strongly focused on the mining industry and related engineering disciplines. "Adam suggested we investigate the University of Wollongong. Not only does it have a very positive reputation in the Australian mining industry, but it also has a strong commercial focus." Mr Collings said CASTROL was looking forward to working with UOW researchers who had a strong understanding of the needs of the mining industry to develop better engineering solutions to current and future mining challenges. TOP RANKING SIGN FROM THE TIMES The Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the University of Wollongong 33rd among the world's 100 universities aged under 50 years, and equal top spot in Australia (with Macquarie University). The THE100 Under 50 is a new addition to THE's World University Rankings portfolio. The results and analysis have been published online by THE and as a special supplement to its magazine. The THE analysis is focused on the new breed of global universities that have managed to join the world's top table in a matter of years, not centuries, and others showing great promise. It draws on the same comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators used to compile the THE World University Rankings but only ranks those founded in 1962 or later. UOW became an independent university in 1975. THE says the new rankings portfolio will give a unique insight into the future Harvard and Cambridge universities. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said the announcement was an endorsement of UOW as a research intensive university with a strong commitment to its students and community. "We already have an enviable record of achievement reflected in UOW's position in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and now we have another prestigious ranking from The Times Higher Education." BG "We are also hoping to attract to our company top quality graduates from Mining Engineering and related disciplines at the University." UOW's Director, Corporate Relations Craig Peden said the University was delighted to have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging partnership with a company with such a strong global brand. "CASTROL is the premier name in lubricants, so it is exciting to be entering into what we hope will be a long-term partnership with the company," Mr Peden said. "It will be exciting for our researchers, and our plans to develop work placements and scholarships will really benefit our students. "The MOU envisages that while the relationship will start with the Faculty of Engineering, over time it will evolve into further collaborations with other faculties like Informatics and Commerce, and centres like the SMART Infrastructure Facility and the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) at the Innovation Campus." NH Adam Gilchrist joined CASTROL's General Manager, ANZ Lubricants Brett Davis (left) and UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the company and the University.