PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER 30th OCTOBER 2015

At the William Light Institute it is an incredibly busy time with new course and partnership development taking centre stage.

Adelaide is in the middle of its unique OzAsia Festival. Last weekend we had the amazing lantern festival with over 50000 people packed around our Riverbank precinct to see the spectacular show and fireworks and to savour the many delights at the Adelaide Night Noodle Market. One couldn’t help observing the great diversity of people from all parts of the globe enjoying a vibrant and colourful celebration of that same diversity. Adelaide is a small city that really knows how to put on a wonderful show!

At the William Light Institute it is an incredibly busy time with new course and partnership development taking centre stage. We are very excited about the prospects across a range of programs in health, IT and management. Several key partnerships are at the signing ceremony stage and our first international partnership will commence delivery of its inaugural course next this month. Behind the scenes we are also progressing major improvements in our capacity to deliver blended learning approaches that enrich the teaching and learning environment. In other words, making our courses more stimulating, interesting and challenging for the learner.

Our first intake of professional year in IT students has now advanced into their professional internship. Well designed internships are a great way for young people to grasp the requirements for a successful career in an Australian organisation. I don’t know of a better way for students to become job ready than to experience what it is really like working alongside fellow professionals on real projects. Our PYP Coordinator keeps a close eye on student’s progress in their internship to ensure that they obtain the maximum possible benefit.

We practice what we preach at William Light- we are a community of learners. One staff member has just submitted his PhD thesis for marking; another graduated last month with a masters degree and has immediately applied to study for a PhD; our Academic Director who has a PhD and 20 years teaching experience is studying for in a graduate program on tertiary teaching whilst our health curriculum development leader in undertaking her second masters degree in health. Two staff recently obtained their vocational training and assessment qualification. The list goes on as does the learning!

Kind regards

Greg Black