2019 is coming to a close, and there are many achievements to be grateful for and many successes to look forward to in 2020.
I would like to reaffirm Professor Welling’s notion that UOW is a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities – and I am proud of the role that the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has played in that progress. Thank you to all staff, students and Alumni.
In the December graduation we will celebrate hundreds of students from our faculty as they join the network of more than 32,000 EIS alumni.
I am delighted that EIS Alumni take time out of their schedules and take part in UOW events across 2019. Rav Phull, CEO & Managing Director at InstaShred, and Brad Hanlon from the Albion Park Rail Pass both spoke on a careers panel for over 20 students at a two-day STEM immersion program; a panel made up of iAccelerate Start-ups: Rylan Kolb, Co-founder of V-DAQ; Chris Magiri, Co-founder of GenSpeak and Rav Phull shared their journeys with EIS Scholars students and alumni at an orientation for our Scholars program.
We had numerous alumni assist us throughout the year as judges (such as Leanne Isabella & Darren Collins from FinoComp; Tim Rogers from Comm Bank, and Roman Tarnavski from VMWare at our SCIT Trade Show), and speakers (such as Kate Healey Principal Cybersecurity Strategist at Telstra, and James Zealey from Dolby Laboratories at the Trade Show; and Brendon Costa, Michael Merritt and Chris Magiri at our SECTE Innovation Conference and Exhibition).
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their schedules to participate and attend these events, which aim to service your interests and connect you to the UOW community.
I am always impressed with the quality of the work and the passion the students have for their project at the SCIT Trade Show. I would encourage any of you who might benefit from engaging a student team on a problem your business is facing to contact us and pitch your problem to the students. Find out more about sponsoring a student project here.
December is an ideal time to propose a project for uptake early next year, and a significant number of solutions are taken up by businesses upon project completion. We always appreciate our alumni who participate as judges for these events. If you would like to be a judge please contact us to lodge your interest.
This year, we have welcomed the university colleges of Malaysian private education provider KDU into our global network. This builds on UOW’s 10-year track record of providing world-class tertiary education to students in Malaysia by enabling UOW to become a direct provider in this vibrant market.
This reinforces the global presence of UOW, with campuses here in Australia (Wollongong, Liverpool, Loftus, Batemans Bay, Bega, Innovation Campus (Fairy Meadow), Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, and Sydney Business School in the Sydney CBD), and our international locations of Dubai, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. EIS staff also teach at or work with partner institutions in China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
We have again seen our successes recognized in many ways:
- UOW is named among the world’s top 250 universities in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This annual ranking measures five key performance indicators that represent the breadth of a university’s core missions: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.
- UOW has also been ranked as the 16th best modern university in the world by the QS top 50 under 50 2020 rankings and ranked as the best university overall in NSW by The Federal Government’s 2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
- Mineral & Mining Engineering is ranked 17th in the world in the QS world rankings by subject
- We are ranked in the top 100 for Atmospheric Science, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering, Mining & Mineral Engineering; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; and Transportation Science & Technology by the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
- In its annual rankings, CEO Magazine has ranked The UOW Sydney Business School Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program as the top EMBA degree in NSW.
We have plans to continue to grow our engagement with the community and industry in 2020. Understanding the jobs of the future helps us to offer and tailor degree programs to prepare students for those jobs. This is where our newly revamped industry advisory committees have a strong role to play and we’re interested in hearing from people who would like to engage on those committees.
We continue to encourage young women to see the potential in engaging in a career in STEM and will be running the STEM Camp for Girls again in early January next year.
Our research is strong and collaborative and we will continue to grow our research excellence and partnerships in 2020. We have newly established partnerships around the world and it is a great pleasure to work with others to make real differences in the world we live in and improve people’s lives.
We look forward to further engagement with our alumni community in 2020 and would welcome your thoughts on how you might best like to be connected to each other and the University. I deeply encourage you to consider how you might connect to our student base, be it through mentoring, work placements, guest lecturing, or research opportunities. We also want to shine a light on you and your successes, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with news on your life and career post-graduation.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy start to the New Year.
Professor Valerie Linton
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences