Edition 684, 19 December 2016
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Well just where did the year go?
Monday, December 19 2016
Yes it is suddenly Christmas and the year has slipped away.
What a year – enough said I guess.
After what must have been one of the most turbulent years in Tertiary Education, it is perhaps best to get it behind us.
I recognise that many organisations are currently making or are contemplating making significant decisions about their future. My thoughts are with you and we will do everything we can to help you, your students and staff through these difficult decisions.
That said, as our energetic COO said last week, out of the ashes of such a year the industry is reforming and reformatting its thinking for 2017. That is what gives me hope and motivation for 2017. The private sector again has been set a more difficult trajectory and a higher benchmark to achieve. We will do just that because excellence is what our members do.
Yes this might have been lost in the noise, but it is what you should expect!
2017 will be another big year.
Higher Education reform, a possible (surely…) National Partnership, international education growth and our own pursuit of member excellence will have us very focussed.
I assure you we will bring our best to the table.
In closing I would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of our outgoing Chair Mel Koumides. Mel has not been a shrinking violet through 2016. He has stood for and demanded ethics from the industry. Mel I will miss you but wish you well in the future.
To our new Chair, Bruce Callaghan, welcome to our industry’s future. Bruce has been very active in our space and will bring a commercial focus to our pursuit for quality and appropriate recognition for our members.
To sign off, I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. I hope you get the opportunity to have a break and come back recharged early in the new year.
2017 will be our year – it just has to be.