Presidents Newsletter - 3 February 2015

Adelaide is buzzing!

  

Adelaide was abuzz last week with our international bicycling race (Santos Tour Down Under) and it’s now only a few weeks until our world famous arts and music festival (Adelaide Fringe) commences. Whilst hosting some overseas visitors recently I heard many comments about how vibrant and interesting our city has become. This is partly the result of new developments like the health precinct and our fabulous new sporting oval but also the many small bars, cafes and restaurants that have opened recently. Adelaide is truly a foodies delight!

          

However there is another critical factor in Adelaide’s energy. We are now host to a huge number of students for a city our size. The new Torrens University (a Laureate affiliate) and the continual growth of our three public universities and the many schools and colleges in the city centre enable us to justifiably claim Adelaide as an ‘Education City’. I recall representing Adelaide a decade ago with the then Lord Mayor in a competition in Barcelona for the honour of being the world’s leading ‘Education City'. We came close back then but I am convinced we would spreadeagle the field in 2015!

The William Light Institute’s contribution to education in Adelaide has taken a huge step forward with our new partnership with Australian Catholic University to educate international students. ACU is a great university with campuses in most Australian states and follows the Catholic education tradition which includes high ethical standards, a commitment to equity and an openness to all faiths.

Our first ACU course, the Masters in Business Administration, commences on 23rd March 2015. We are also in and advanced stage of planning for additional courses in business accounting and information technology which we plan to deliver from July.

We are very excited by the response we have had so far and our first applications for the MBA have already been received.

Our new Professional Year Program for international graduates in IT has had its first intake and we are planning for a rolling series of intakes throughout the year. So if you are an international with an Australian degree in IT this could just be the course for you to assist in obtaining employment and residency.

Greg Black