Welcome from the Dean

Professor Werner Soontiens

Werner Soontiens

It is my privilege to introduce you to School of Business. As a community, the School of Business is a tapestry of disciplines and practices, represented by a wide range of stakeholders, bonded by facilitating and assisting our students to develop and challenge themselves throughout their higher education journey of self-discovery. As one of my colleagues puts it, we aim to develop ‘cool minds, warm hearts’ as we encourage and help the community to make sense of business and commerce by applying both faith and reason in searching for, and finding, truth and wisdom in a ‘post truth’ era heavily skewed by opinionated theatrics, particularly through social media.

Our staff and industry contributors enthusiastically share their knowledge, expertise and experience with students, both as leaders in their respective academic areas and as experienced mentors. While our courses are faith-based, anchored in philosophy, ethics and theology, they are complemented by a personalised delivery and ensure students are work-ready through a compulsory internship. Our students rate the Notre Dame experience as excellent (see QILT), reflecting the atmosphere of creativity and belonging for hundreds of young people at the western end of the City of Fremantle.

There is so much more to be said about us and I would love to personally respond to a query you may have. Ultimately though I hope to personally welcome you as a member of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, School of Business in the near future.

- Professor Werner Soontiens