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Chancellor’s address | 50 Years of Innovation Gala Dinner

Chancellor’s address | 50 Years of Innovation Gala Dinner


Thank You, Tracy, and good evening ladies
and gentlemen. It’s a truly wonderful sight to see you all out there and
it’s such a pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and myself.
And I’m delighted that you’re here to enjoy Curtin University’s 50 Years of
Innovation dinner. But first I’d like to acknowledge a number of very important
people here, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, Premier
at Western Australia, the Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC,
the Honourable Ben Wyatt MLA, Treasurer Minister for Finance, Energy and
Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and
Training and representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Sean L’Estrange
MLA. The honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Member for Cottesloe, Mr Terry Healy
MLA, Member for Southern River, Mr Trevor Vaughan, Mayor of the Town of Victoria Park,
Mr Paul Ng, Mayor City of Canning, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, Chair of the Curtin Malaysia Council, and
other members of the Curtin Malaysia council and board. We have
international partners here from China, Mauritius, Singapore and Dubai, and
welcome many consul general and consuls with us tonight. Former Curtin
Chancellor’s Dr Eric Tan AM, Dr Gordon Martin and Dr Jim Gill AO, former
Curtin Vice-Chancellors, Emeritus Professor Lance Twomey AO and Emeritus
Professor Jeanette Hackett AM. Fellow members of Curtin Council and other
distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve had the privilege of
being Chancellor of Curtin University since 2013, and I have the good fortune
to still be in the role during this important anniversary year. Tonight we
celebrate what has been achieved in the last 50 years. We acknowledge that Curtin
has come of age and we are honoured to do so in the company of so many of our
colleagues, partners and friends. But we would not be sitting on our laurels,
coming of age brings new responsibilities and expectations. We
will continue to bring ideas to reality, to transform lives and communities, and
to make a positive impact on future generations. Across the world great
universities infuse their communities with a spirit of innovation an
entrepreneurial vision, and Curtin University shines brightly among them.
I’m now delighted to introduce our Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry AO.
Professor Terry has held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Curtin since 2014
and she leads the university with a clear vision and with dedication. In June
2015 she was made an officer in the general division of the Order of
Australia for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector. So to
tell you more about Curtin’s achievements over the last 50 years, and
to give a sense of what the future may hold, please join me in welcoming
Professor Deborah Terry to the podium.

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