Professor Warren Bebbington

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Premier Weatherill, President Tan and Vice-Chancellor Bebbington

Premier Weatherill, President Tan and Vice-Chancellor Bebbington

On Monday, I joined Premier Jay Weatherill in announcing a new series of postgraduate scholarships in sciences and mathematics in honour of Singaporean President, and University of Adelaide distinguished alumnus, President Tony Tan.

The new scholarships will give postgraduate research students from Singapore the chance to live and study in South Australia—the University will waive student fees for the successful recipient to a value of $24,000 per year for three years (total $72,000) and the State Government will provide $5,000 per year.

We presented President Tan with a certificate to mark the scholarships and celebrate the strong ties between the University and Singapore built over the past half century.

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International students at The Village, University of Adelaide

International students at The Village, University of Adelaide

The growth of families in Asia affluent enough to send their children to universities abroad will continue to be extraordinarily rapid for the next decade.

What is not clear is where they will choose to send them, and I so welcome the State Government’s commitment to making Adelaide an energetic and vibrant destination for international students.

Read more about the Destination Adelaide Plan.


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111111In the midst of a cold, wet Adelaide winter, it is simply unfathomable that anyone should be sleeping rough in our city. And yet more than 6000 members of our local community are doing just that every year.
This morning, 50 members of staff joined me, the Chancellor and over 2000 fellow South Australians to “walk a mile” and raise awareness and support for people facing homelessness—and the remarkable Hutt St Centre that is always there on the frontline, offering hope and shelter to those most in need.
For more information, visit the Hutt St Centre website.


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I spent the morning today at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, teaching second and third-year students about Mozart and Wagner opera, as part of the course, Music and Ideology. Ever since leaving an academic role for university leadership I have tried to keep at least some contact with students and my discipline: and indeed, most […]

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The coming decade is likely to see step change expansion in Asian student mobility throughout the world. But if Australia is to capture its share of the growth, it will need to improve the student experience it offers, and avoid diminishing the reputation for university quality on which its success depends. This year, Australia will […]

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I was pleased to talk with Radio Adelaide’s Ewart Shaw about our Experience Adelaide initiative which connects international students with local alumni, domestic students and staff families. You can listen to the podcast or visit our Experience Adelaide website for more information on participating in this wonderful program. –wb

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CEDA – State of the State luncheon address by Professor Warren Bebbington Adelaide Festival Centre Tuesday 9 June 2015 Transcript  — check against delivery— Craig [Craig Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer, Babcock Australia] began by telling us which “Babcocks” he gets confused with. I can assure you with a name like “Bebbington” you never get confused with […]

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On Saturday, we commemorate the passing of 100 years since the ill-fated landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Their hope had been to charge across Turkey, take Constantinople and thus defeat the Ottoman Empire, ally of Germany, in the First World War. In the event, the landing was […]

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Today, I was pleased to welcome the Minister for Education to the University’s student accommodation facility, The Village, for the launch of the Federal Government’s draft National Strategy for International Education. This document is timely and compelling, and offers new ways to improve Australia’s capacity to attract and support the nation’s 4th largest export industry. […]

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Last night the Senate rejected Minister Pyne’s amended higher education reform package. Deregulation of fees, even without the proposed 20% funding cut, did not pass. Students will thus not be asked to pay more. But neither will the taxpayer: those who struck down the reforms have offered no alternatives from the public purse to help […]

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