New Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black used the recent Sydney Alumni Reception as an opportunity to emphasise the important role alumni can play in shaping the future of both the University and Tasmania.
“It’s really important for me to hear about the things that make it special to you, and to address enduring and important questions so that the University of Tasmania experience, as it was for you, will be preserved for future generations,” he said.
Hosted at the Australian Maritime College’s new Study Centre facilities, located in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the event saw more than 100 alumni from the region come together to connect with the new Vice-Chancellor and one another.
Professor Black said “The network of people who constitute the University of Tasmania not just at the University, but out in the community, are without a doubt its greatest asset”.
“The ability of those who are part of and connected to the University is critical to supporting the exciting future that we have as a University and a state.”
In his address, Professor Black outlined a vision for the University as continuing its central role in the transformation of Tasmania and delivering education throughout the whole of the state, through collaboration and consultation with government, industry and the community, while also ensuring that Tasmania remains ‘special’.
The University’s Sydney presence was a prime example of this, he said.
“The work that is happening here in the health care sector is built on deep partnerships and collaboration with industry to make sure not only the industry’s needs are met, but that students are highly engaged and connected with staff in the way that people have come to appreciate from our University,” Professor Black said.
The University’s Sydney presence includes the specialist Australian Maritime College on Darling Harbour and the Rozelle and Darlinghurst campuses, which deliver a number of health degrees in partnership with local hospitals and services.