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The University of Canberra, also known as UC, is a university located in Canberramarker, ACTmarker, the national capital of Australia. UC is the second largest tertiary institution in Canberra. There are approximately 9,000 students and more than 800 staff.

History

The University of Canberra was founded in 1967 as the Canberra College of Advanced Education, and was accredited as a university on 1 January 1990, following the Dawkins reforms. Until 1993, it was sponsored by Monash University. In 2008, UC celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Along the UC concourse, towards the Library.


Campus

The University of Canberra (UC) is set on . Located in the suburb of Brucemarker, 10 minutes drive from the city centre, UC is a single campus with student residential services, teaching and library facilities all within walking distance.

Academic structure

The University teaches in many disciplines including business, law, journalism, information technology, advertising, health, biological sciences, forensics and design.

As of January 2008, the university's teaching functions are delivered by eight academic faculties:





Research centres

The university has a number of research centres relating to its areas of research strength. These are:

  • Institute for Applied Ecology
  • National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)[50847]
  • eWater Cooperative Research Centre
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
  • Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
  • Centre for Labour Market Research
  • Healthpact Research Centre for Health Promotion & Wellbeing
  • Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Centre for Customs & Excise Studies
  • Centre for Developing Cities
  • Centre for Research in Public Sector Management
  • Centre for Tourism Research
  • Communication & Media Policy Institute
  • Corrosion & Spectrochemistry Laboratory
  • Human Computer Communication Laboratory
  • Learning Communities Research Area
  • Lifelong Learning Network
  • National Centre for Corporate Law & Policy Research
  • National Institute of Governance
  • National Institute of Sports Studies
  • Ngunnawal Centre
  • Professional Management Programs
  • Schools & Community Centre
  • Teaching and Learning Centre


Ranking

UC was one of nine universities recognised by the Australian government in 2006 for high achievement in learning and teaching . In 2005 and 2006 rankings of the international standing of Australian universities by the Melbourne Institute, UC received 44 and ranked approximately two-thirds down the list. In 2007, UC received 41. UC was ranked 8th in Australia for teaching and learning and survey showed that its graduates are among the highest paid in Australia.

Recent history

In May 2007, the Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker announced a review of the university's administration that was expected to result in significant job cuts. The administrative review was completed by early 2009, with reforms to be implemented during 2009. In March 2009, it was announced that UC would outsource several key administrative functions to Wipro, an Indian company. During June-July, 2009, the Vice-Chancellor then undertook reforms of performance expectations for academic staff in an effort to raise performance on key performance indicators. In July 2009, a new academic recruiting drive was announced , however the UC-branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is currently opposing the reforms and considering industrial action.

Notable staff and students

Staff

Notable staff members have included:

Alumni

Notable alumni include:



Foundation stone and Stone Day

Building 11, Walkway connecting the refectory with the gym.


At the end of the year, after classes finish but before exams, Stone Day is usually held, a music festival with local bands, which lasts several days. The day before it is known as Stone Eve. It started as a celebration held annually to mark the placing of the foundation stone by Prime Minister John Gorton on 28 October 1968. This founded the Canberra College of Advanced Education, which became the University of Canberra in 1990.

The stone is under glass, outside, near Building 1 at the University, and an inscription on it reads:

Over the years the Stone Day program has gradually become larger and larger, taking up a whole week and now Stonefest is one of Australia's most popular music festivals. The first foundation celebrations were held in 1971. In 1973 Stone Day celebrations were held over two days, which was expanded to take up a whole week in 1976. In the 1980s and 1990s Stoneweek became a popular Canberra entertainment event, which in 2000 became Stonefest.

See also

References

  1. appenda
  2. DEST Learning and Teaching Performance Fund, Canberra, 2007
  3. Rankings of Australian Universities
  4. Teaching Rankings
  5. Melbourne Institute's 2007 Ranking of Australian Universities
  6. University of Canberra staff overhaul continues. 28/05/2007. ABC News Online
  7. Job cuts loom at the University of Canberra - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  8. Oz university outsources admin functions to Wipro, 21 Mar 2009, indianexpress.com
  9. Jobs lost as Canberra Uni offshores, Australian IT, 10 March 2009.
  10. Uni to hire 30 contract academics,Canberra Times, 18 July 2009
  11. Union to vote on industrial action at Canberra uni, ABC Online, 30 July 2009
  12. http://www.canberra.edu.au/monitor/articles/new/20080515_bhutan
  13. http://en.olympic.cn/athletes/serch_L/2003-11-04/3771.html
  14. Petria Thomas : Olympic, Sport, Keynote Speaker, Motivation


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