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In the complex and fast moving world of business, the key strategic decisions that organisations make have the potential to significantly impact their success. The UWA Business School will be giving MBA students the opportunity to hear from some of the leading strategic thinkers in the Australian business community when it conducts its annual Strategy Forum on Thursday 27 October.

The principle aims and objectives of the MBA Strategy Forum are for students and recent alumni to gain exposure to strategy in practice, be exposed to current issues, challenges and developments in organisational strategy and gain understanding of how strategy is evolving and the changes students are likely to see in the future.

The Business School emphasises the interaction between theory and practice, and provides regular opportunities for its students to learn from key industry practitioners. The Strategy Forum offers yet another avenue in which MBA students can engage with key business leaders.

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UWA Business School Teaching and Learning Awards 2016

Few things are as important to a student’s education as good teaching. Student will remember those school and university teachers who inspired and challenged them long after they have finished their studies, and this inspiration will often go on to mould their personal and professional lives. Here at the UWA Business School we take the art and science of teaching very seriously, and pride ourselves on helping students prepare for meaningful and successful careers. Excellent teaching is critical to ensuring our programs provide a rich and rewarding learning experience, and that they prepare students to be lifelong learners.

The Business School’s Teaching and Learning Awards were held last month to recognise and appreciate excellence in teaching, and to acknowledge the considerable time and effort faculty members put into their teaching. The award recipients are determined based on student feedback, making the honours particularly coveted.

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Last weekend I visited Jakarta. In addition to meeting with potential university partners, I was very pleased to be invited to meet with the former Indonesian Vice President and UWA Business School graduate, Dr Boediono. Dr Boediono has a distinguished record of public service at the highest levels. As well as serving as Vice President, he was State Minister of National Planning and Development, Minister of Finance, and Governor of the Indonesian Central Bank. He has also for many years been a professor of economics at Gadjah Mada University. Dr Boediono is a great believer in the power of education to change lives, and of the need to make educational opportunities widely available. His studies at UWA were undertaken as a Colombo Plan scholar. It was inspiring to meet such a talented and committed statesman.

 

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Advice to new students

It’s that time of year again, when the campus once again jolts back to life and the grounds and buildings are flooded with bright-eyed undergraduates, ready to tackle a new semester. While many students are returning to continue their studies, it is a particularly exciting, and sometimes stressful time, for our new students. University is very different to high school, both in teaching style and the level of independence, so it can come as a shock to students. When making a successful transition it helps to be prepared, so I’ve put together a list of my top tips to give students a flying start.

Orientation – O-Week is the biggest bi-annual event held on campus each year, with a week’s worth of events, information sessions and enrolment assistance. Check the UniStart website for further details of what’s on and check your Orientation schedule. I would highly recommend that all new students take part in the Orientation activities on offer, as they give a good overview of the expectations of university life. On top of the fun activities you can enjoy, the week also gives you a chance to meet people you can approach for help during your time at UWA.

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It’s the end of the year – hurray!

We’ve had a fantastic year with some outstanding achievements by our students and academics, but also a very eventful year – I’m certainly looking forward to my holiday break!

While it’s been a busy 12 months, we’ve also had time for some fun… so here are some of my (personal) highlights from 2015…

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