15 March 2013
Appointment of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement), Winnie Eley
We are delighted to announce that the University has appointed Ms Winnie Eley to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement).
Winnie joins the University in May from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she is the founding Director of International Affairs, a position she has held since 2008. In this role, she has led an ambitious internationalisation strategy for the University that has significantly raised its local, regional and global profile. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Winnie worked with the British Council for eight years as Director of Education Services in Hong Kong from 2000 to 2006 and Deputy Country Director in Nigeria from 2006 to 2008.
Already holding a Bachelor of Education and an MBA from the University of Nottingham in the UK, Winnie is currently studying a Doctorate of Business Management on Higher Education Management at the University of Bath.
As both an educator and professional administrator in education, Winnie’s international education experience is comprehensive and her advancement experience is equally impressive. Winnie has led and managed diverse international portfolios incorporating scholarships, alumni relations, information and customer services, and stakeholder engagement.
We believe Winnie will make an important contribution to our international and advancement portfolios, and the priorities we have outlined through our NeW Directions strategic plans in these areas.
24 April 2013
University strengthens research ties with China
The University of Newcastle has been awarded ‘Best Cooperation Partner 2012’ by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE).
CSCSE is a public organisation under China’s Ministry of Education that facilitates academic and student exchange between Chinese and foreign universities. It represents 47 universities in China who partner with 64 universities world-wide, only nine of which are Australian.
“The award is a major coup for Newcastle. It recognises our extensive research collaboration and engagement in China, and strengthens our relationship further,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Calford said.
The award capped off a successful week in China last month where Professor Calford delivered the keynote speech at CSCSE’s China Study Abroad Forum 2013 in Beijing.
The University also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSCSE focused on joint PhD supervision, the first Australian university to do so.
“The Memorandum puts us in a strong collaborative arrangement with our Chinese counterparts, allowing us to work closely with Chinese partners sending high-achieving scholars abroad,” Professor Calford said.
The University already has a number of strong research collaborations in China. These include, in partnership with the Hunter Medical Research Institute, in stroke research with the Harbin Medical University and in power engineering with the North China Electric Power Institute and Zhejiang University, through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).
There are currently close to 100 Chinese PhD candidates studying with the University of Newcastle, making up 4 per cent of the cohort at Australian universities.
Lonely Planet names Newcastle as a Top 10 City in its 'Best in Travel 2011' guide
Lonely Planet is renowned for its first-hand approach and commitment to providing the best information for travellers around the globe. Among the most recognised guides written for travellers world wide, their BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 is Lonely Planet’s sixth annual collection of the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.
Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community, it’s big news that Newcastle has been named the only Australian city in this edition of the guide.