Professor Warren Bebbington

Welcome to my blog: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments about our University. I hope this becomes a great melting pot for intellectual ideas, views and debate and I welcome all of your contributions.

It was wonderful to welcome delegates from Latin America for a symposium at the University of Adelaide and co- hosted with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations.
–wb

 

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I welcome the Premier Weatherill’s bold vision and agenda announced in the Governor’s speech today at the opening of State Parliament.

Our academics will look forward to contributing their expertise to such initiatives as the creation of an Adelaide Green Zone, the review of discrimination through our SA Law Reform Institute, and the Royal Commission on nuclear industries.

We also support the drive to translate research into more outcomes for SA industry. With our three industry transformation hubs and many staff already working on contract research, and in partnership with business, we had a record result for commercialisation last year – one which we hope to exceed this year.

–wb

Read the full speech here

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VALE: Sir David Watson
Principal of Green Templeton College and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford

Professor Pascale Quester, Sir David Watson and Professor Alison Kitson, Adelaide, August 2014

I was saddened to learn that Sir David Watson, one of the world’s most distinguished experts on higher education, passed away after a short illness on Monday.

Sir David visited the University of Adelaide only last August to give a guest lecture to South Australian higher education staff and students.  He also spent time with our senior staff and former colleagues, generously sharing his insights and offering advice while keen to hear of our efforts to reimagine the learning experience for students through the Beacon.

There are very few who have the capacity to not only work within the university sector but also to understand and articulate the kind of transformative policy ideas that defined Sir David’s career.  Our global higher education community is all the poorer for his passing.   Our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.  –wb

 

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We congratulate Chancellor Kevin Scarce on his appointment as Royal Commissioner investigating opportunities for nuclear storage, uranium enrichment and power creation. As the State’s leading research-intensive university, with international expertise in mining, alternative energy and environmental issues, we are very well-placed to support this Royal Commission. We also recognise there will be very divergent views, [...]

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Last month I was pleased to launch a book honouring the vision of our first vice-chancellor:  Augustus Short and the Founding of the University of Adelaide, which was commissioned by the University from Short’s biographer Michael Whiting. Much has been written about this extraordinary man’s role establishing St Peters College, the St Peter’s Cathedral, and [...]

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Today it was announced that the University of Adelaide has been awarded the State Government’s contract to provide its public dental service for the next 30 years. A partnership agreement will see a new 90-chair SA Dental Service clinic constructed as part of the University’s medical and nursing schools building in the SA Health and [...]

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It is White Ribbon Day today, a critical campaign seeking to bring to an end any form of violence against women here in Australia and overseas.  In my view, a tolerant and civilised society which respects the rights of the individual has absolutely no place for violence against women, or children.  This morning, 700 people [...]

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I was asked  to talk about music for “Four at Four” on Michael Smyth’s show this afternoon, and share four musical works that are special to me.  We played a variety of styles, from Bach to Sinatra, Bogle and Beethoven. You can hear the full interview. –wb    

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You might be interested to hear my interview with Matthew Abraham and David Bevan on the ABC891 Breakfast Program following the announcement of Australia’s new Free Trade Agreement with China: listen to the podcast. Earlier this week I attended a function at Parliament House in Canberra with China’s President, Xi Jinping – it will be [...]

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Vice-Chancellor Bebbington and Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), 16th Chancellor, University of Adelaide

Welcome to the 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd). I am very much looking forward to working with our new Chancellor―he brings to the table first-hand appreciation of the pivotal juncture between governance and management and his values and focus are clearly aligned to [...]

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