In Principio v18 no2 (2007)

CONTENTS Vice Chancel lor's Report 2 University News 4 Broome Campus 6 Fremantle Campus 8 Sydney Campus 10 Feature Article 12 Arts & Sciences 14 Business 15 Education 16 Health Sciences 17 Law 18 Medicine 20 Nursing 22 Ph ilosophy & Theology 23 Student Life 24 Alumni 26 Front Cover: Two Sydney Law students, Patrick Langrell (centre) and Joseph Watson (right) had the honour of meeting His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI 1n St Peter's Square ,n April this year. They w ere t here as part of discussions about his visit to Australia for World Youth Day 2008. Dr Peter Tannock We are drawing to t he end of what has been an extraordi narily demandi ng year for this young and rapidly expandi ng Universit y. New courses have been designed for introduction on the Fremantle Campus in 2008: t he four year integrated Bachelor of A rts/Graduate Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Science/Graduate Diploma in Education for secondary teaching (for which Commonwealth Supported Places w ill be available); a Bachelor of Ph ilosophy and a Pre-Medicine Certificate; the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees on our Sydney Campus. The University received substantial additional f unded places and capital grants from t he outgoing Federal Government as part of the 2007 round of allocations to all universities. It has also had a major new 'compact ' of commitments announced by the new Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, which will do much to consolidate our growing strengt h in the vital fields of healt h and education in the years ahead. We are completing two very large building projects at present which w ill be operational from the start of the 2008 academic year: a new Medicine and Nursing building in Darli nghurst. Sydney, and a new Healt h Sciences building on our Fremantle Campus. These state-of-the-art buildings will enhance our teaching, professional training and research capacity, and complement the beautiful campuses w e are developing on both sides of the continent. The growth of the University - to about 6500 st udents in 2007 is bot h exciting and a big challenge. We are pleased with the 'market recognition' we are receiving, with 90% of our high quality student body coming from 'domest ic' sources. However, finding and funding the facilities to continue our expansion, especially in Sydney, is a very demanding exercise, although expand w e