School of Business Newsletter

School of Business Newsletter

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

THE END OF AN ERA

End of an era ..............................................................1

Professor presents in Finland ..........................2

Another win for Ngoolark ..................................2

ECU students partner with Reed

Exhibitions to bring you Better Homes and Gardens Live ......................................................3

The Centre for Innovative Practice kicks off Global Entrepreneurship Week ...............4

ECU gets gold ..............................................................5

Chinese Scholars visit ECU .................. .............5

Sustainable tourism ..................................................6

ECU Ranking tops .....................................................6

Asean and Myanmar: The way forward .......7

Business breakfast at CPA Australia

Congress .........................................................................7

Faculty staff awarded ..............................................8

ECU and UWA launch collaborative research report ..........................................................8

Exploring research in Asian business ...........9

Former Chancellor of Exchequer visits ECU .......................................................................9

Study Tour ...................................................................10

Citation Award .........................................................10

The year has been a fantastic year for the School of Business with a number of significant achievements.

Firstly it is pleasing to note that student numbers have grown and also are projected to grow again in 2016 reflecting greater demand for the

School of Business courses. This growth translates directly into financial outcomes and the School will finish the year in a very healthy financial situation.

We have recruited five new staff during the year, including a Professor in Management and an Associate Professor in Marketing. In the annual internal promotion round three staff have been promoted including two promotions to Associate Professor.

Finally the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results have just been released with us showing considerable improvement in the outcomes since the last round in 2012. This reflects the growing recognition of ECU with the University being named by the Times Higher

Education as being in the top 100 universities under 50 years old and in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

During the year the University also commenced a restructure to increase flexibility and responsiveness and this has resulted in the amalgamation of

Schools and removal of the Faculty structure. In Business this will result in the School becoming a School of Business and Law and I welcome the new Dean, Associate Professor Maryam Omari.

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and enjoyable summer break.

Professor Hugh Wilkins

Head of School (Business)

Edith Cowan University

PROFESSOR PRESENTS IN FINLAND

Professor Craig Standing was invited as a researcher to visit Finland in early September for a week. He has been collaborating with Professor Heikki Karjaluoto of Jyväskylä University for eleven years. The central activities of the visit were attendance at a workshop for a nationally funded large research project and presenting at a national doctoral workshop.

The research project workshop included participants from the Jyväskylä University, University of Oulu, CEO of a major insurance company, senior managers from the banking sector and senior representatives from the health sector. The focus of the workshop was exploring the implications of trends in the online world. Craig’s talk informed participants of the trends in information systems that have implications for digital marketing. The talk was used to inform discussion on strategies for the research project.

Digital marketing was the theme of the three-day national doctoral workshop at Jyväskylä

University. There were twenty two students from across Finland. The workshop involved was run by Craig Standing, Heikki Karjaluoto and Joel Järvinen.

Craig looks forward to continuing his collaborative relationship with Professor Heikki

Karjaluoto and hopes to visit Finland again in the near future.

If you have any questions relating to the trip or potential collaboration with CIP please contact

Professor Craig Standing on [email protected]

ANOTHER WIN FOR NGOOLARK

ECU’s Ngoolark building, also known as building 34, combines modern technology with local Nyoongar culture and history. This stunning student services building recently won one of Australia’s top construction awards.

It was named the winner in the Best Commercial

Constructions $10 million to $50 million category at the

Australian Institute of Building awards.

Ngoolark, which was officially opened in May, also won the

WA version of the award in the same month.

roof. Its exterior areas have also created a new hub for students, staff and visitors.

Designed by JCY Architects and Urban Designers, the striking building complements the existing award-winning architecture at ECU.

ECU’s Joondalup Library was named among the 10 most beautiful libraries in Australia by The Guardian. It also won the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects

International award.

Built by PACT Construction, the three year project required the careful installation of more than 1500 unique pieces of golden alloy cladding to cover the 2500sqm façade of the five-storey building.

The multi award-winning building combines the breadth of the University’s student and research services under one

The iconic Chancellery (Building 1), the Science and Health building on the Joondalup Campus and Kurongkurl Katitjin on Mount Lawley Campus have also won construction and design awards.

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 2

ECU STUDENTS PARTNER WITH

REED EXHIBITIONS TO BRING YOU

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS LIVE

Australia’s favourite magazine and TV show recently came to life all under one roof. Reed Exhibitions partnered with the ECU School of Business to provide volunteers for the

Better Homes and Gardens Live exhibition. Better Homes and Gardens Live was hosted at the Perth Convention and

Exhibition Centre (23-25 October 2015), which featured

TV presenters sharing tips on live stages, learning from the experts in DIY Masterclasses and getting up-close with the stars in the Fanzone, as well as unbeatable shopping across six lifestyle zones.

School of Business Bachelor of Event, Sport and

Recreation Management student, Hayley Knowles, was invited to undertake the role of Volunteer Coordinator, responsible for recruiting, rostering and supervising 80 event management students who chose to apply theory to practice as part of their academic studies.

“As Volunteer Coordinator in the lead-up and Lead Stage

Manager on event days, Better Homes and Gardens Live gave me an opportunity to see how theory comes to life, and the platform to implement all that I have learnt over the last three years, adding my own creative spin. I had an absolute blast and while I can’t feel my feet right now, it was completely worth it,” says Hayley.

“The entire Better Homes and Gardens team could only rave about the students from ECU who helped us over the three days of Better Homes and Gardens Live in Perth. We were super impressed with their energy, thoughtfulness, consideration and general attitude.

They helped make the experience of visiting the show an absolute pleasure for the patrons who came through the doors, and all day people passed on positive feedback about them. Absolutely nothing was a hassle and we were so very grateful to have been lucky enough to work with them all,” says Better Homes and Gardens Host, Johanna

Griggs.

Johanna was so impressed with the volunteers she posted a photo to her Instagram @johgriggs7 commending them for their great work.

“I’m very proud of the positive energy of all 80 students over the three days, and immensely proud to watch

Hayley guide so many volunteers with quality leadership, attention to detail, initiative and finesse. She will be a wonderful asset to the event management industry,” says event management lecturer, Dr Alicia Stanway, who advocates for experiential learning in the event management discipline.

To find out how ECU’s event management students can assist with your event, contact Dr Alicia Stanway at [email protected]

Left to right: Mohammad ‘T’ Badal, Dr Harry Cooper,

Katie Alexander, Johanna Griggs, Madison King and Kate

Blanchard

Left to right: Sonya Cox, Hayley Knowles, stage host Nadia, behind-the-scenes-icon Scotty, Juliana Pabon Martan and

Adam Dovile

Left to right: Hayley Knowles, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagvi and

Monique Day-Smith

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 3

THE CENTRE FOR INNOVATIVE PRACTICE KICKS OFF

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK AT ECU

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business. To celebrate, Edith

Cowan University recently hosted activities with partners to encourage students and local companies to take the next step forward during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

ECU’s Centre for Innovative Practice (CIP), a research centre which conducts research into innovation in the professions and organisations, hosted a breakfast roundtable workshop on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and innovation in Joondalup and Wanneroo on the 16th of November. The workshop brought together local stakeholders and others who are interested in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship in the region. It was a move to harness the collective knowledge of participants on SMEs and innovation and to determine how best to work collaboratively for the future of entrepreneurship in the cities.

The roundtable event was attended by researchers from CIP, staff from ECU’s Office of Research and Innovation and the

School of Business, Jan Norberger, State Member for Joondalup in the WA Legislative Assembly, and representatives from the WA Department of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo,

West Coast Institute, Business Station, Joondalup Business Association, Wanneroo Business Association, District 32 and

Northern Networkers.

The event provided the CIP an excellent opportunity to demonstrate ECU’s continuing support of local entrepreneurs and business owners. The centre’s Dr. Denise Gengatharen is currently leading a research project examining the relationship between consulting/training and innovation in SMEs in Joondalup and Wanneroo.

“To build an innovation eco-system that can support and sustain entrepreneurship in Joondalup and Wanneroo, we need stakeholders working collaboratively on a number of fronts and collaborative research is one of the areas” said Director of the Centre for Innovative Practice, Professor Craig Standing.

Jan Norberger, MLA felt that it was important to grow an innovation culture for the region. “Coming together in an event such as this to share what everyone is currently doing to support entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs is important, as we then get a clear picture of where we are as a region. We, the stakeholders, can then work together as a collective moving forward to realise that goal of creating a knowledge region where innovation and entrepreneurship thrive.”

According to Sandra Draper, Manager of the Industry and Innovation Division in the WA Department of Commerce, this forum was important as “all conversation around innovation and the multiple views from various levels of government and business are important in driving innovation agendas. Encouraging both private and public sector innovation is essential to support ongoing economic growth and the development of new technologies, industries and jobs in Western Australia”.

ECU’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) hosted other events during the week, such as master classes on capital raising strategies and intellectual property and commercialisation. Global Entrepreneurship Week culminated in a joint sundowner hosted by ECU’s ORI, West Coast Institute and the City of Joondalup at Sixty 27, Joondalup’s co-working space. The sundowner showcased local entrepreneurs and connected business owners, Government and University representatives alike.

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 4

ECU GETS GOLD!

As part of the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism

Awards, the Tourism Council WA recently named the ECU

School of Business as the 2015 Tourism Education and

Training gold medal winners. This award acknowledges and rewards excellence in the WA Tourism Industry, and reflects the achievement that ECU’s School of Business is recognised as the leading provider of tourism and hospitality education in Western Australia.

ECU’s School of Business has a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and introduced the Bachelor of International Hotel and

Resort Management in 2012. This innovative degree includes an internship option and was the first of its kind in Western Australia. ECU was named in the Times Higher

Education 100 Under 50 2015 global rankings and has received a 5-star rating from the Good Universities Guide for seven years running. The ECU School of Business is an innovator in tourism studies and collaborates with industry and the local community to create contemporary and relevant programs. Our graduates are job ready and highly successful – both locally and internationally.

Left to right: Mr Nevil Alexander, Associate Professor Marie

Ryan, Professor Hugh Wilkins, Dr Dale Sanders, Professor

Ross Dowling, and Mr Graham Muir

“This is an outstanding achievement and reflects both the investment we have made in developing an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in tourism and hospitality and the outstanding quality of staff working in the School of Business. Over the last few years we have comprehensively reviewed the suite of programs for this important industry and this award clearly demonstrates that the investment has made us the leading provider in

Western Australia,” says Professor Hugh Wilkins, Head of

School of Business.

CHINESE SCHOLARS VISIT ECU

Over 60 scholars from a wide range of Chinese Universities visited Edith Cowan University (ECU) in August this year. The scholars participated in a three month training program in economics/finance and management as well as exploring ECU teaching, learning and researching practices.

This programme was sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), and has been very well received by all the delegates.

“This provides a unique opportunity for us to develop collaborative research relationships with the Chinese Scholars and to advance our understanding of the Chinese tertiary education industry,” says Associate Professor Zhaoyong Zhang, School of Business.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Zhaoyong

Zhang on email: [email protected]

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 5

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Professor Ross Dowling OAM, Associate Head of School of Business, was recently interviewed by the North London

Collegiate School, Jeju Island Campus, South Korea, regarding his thoughts on Sustainable Tourism. Here’s what he had to say:

Sustainable Tourism is a new form of tourism talking about gently walking on the earth. There are two types of tourism in the world today, there is mass tourism where people travel the world in big numbers to resorts like Cancun to experience a sun, sea and sand type of holiday, and then there is a new form of tourism which is gentler on the earth, one which works with cultures and respects the environment – we call it Sustainable Tourism.

Sustainable Tourism is more popular nowadays simply because people have a greater understanding of the environment and the impacts it has on the environment.

People are now wanting to travel and have experiences as they have had in the past, but also leaving behind a little bit more respect and care for the environment. One where they can work with and help local community rather than travelling to big resorts and the money just gets absorbed by large corporations.

The current state of play of tourism in the world is that tourism is booming. There is currently 1.1billion international tourists that travel the world each year. Although tourism is booming it can’t keep growing indefinitely with the adverse impacts that it leaves behind (i.e.: where coral reefs are getting damaged and other natural areas/environments are being destroyed). Sustainable Tourism assists with being able to cope with numbers of tourists that are visiting and traveling the world, but in a way that respects and benefits the local environment and local people and leaves behind a greater balance between the visiting people and the host nation.

So what are the prerequisites of getting into the world of tourism?

Tourism is booming and is a great industry to get involved in. There are so many aspects of tourism and lots of opportunities to get involved in. A good education with a degree and ideally being able to speak at least one foreign language other than your own is a must.

Most of all, you will need to have a love of people because tourism is about dealing with people.

Professor Dowling’s recommendations for Jeju

I have been a frequent visitor in recent years to Jeju island in

South Korea, which in my opinion is one of the best islands on earth – an absolute paradise! The island however is built on mass tourism which is not sustainable. Jeju needs to have a look at other ways of still having tourism, but also protecting its culture and environment. This can only be done by building sustainable forms of tourism such as growing areas like eco-tourism, wildlife-tourism, geologicaltourism, and cultural tourism – smaller sustainable tourism industries which will bring more local benefits for the both the environment and the local community.

For more information, contact Professor Ross Dowling OAM on email: [email protected]

ECU RANKING TOPS

Edith Cowan University has been named in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. We are ranked in the 501-600 band for the 2015 Rankings, placing us in the top five per cent of universities worldwide.

The THE world university rankings are arguably the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced.

They are recognised for being the most balanced and comprehensive university rankings.

This is a significant achievement for ECU. The Rankings list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge universities across their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Already this year we have been named as one of the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50. We have also received our seventh five star rating in a row for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide.

For the full THE World University Rankings, please visit the Times Higher Education website: www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 6

ASEAN AND MYANMAR: THE WAY FORWARD

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has continuously enjoyed an increasingly large influence in international trade. The emergence of new dynamic and fast growing economies in ASEAN offers an enormous potential for developing cooperation.

One of the emerging ASEAN countries is Myanmar, which is the focus of a recent Asia Pacific Business

Forum in Perth, organised by the Asian Business and

Organisational Research Group (ABORG) at Edith

Cowan University (ECU) in collaboration with the

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with a sponsorship from Ernst & Young.

The Director General of the Myanmar Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA),

Mr Aung Naing Oo, came from Yangon, Myanmar, and delivered the keynote speech and discussed about reforms that have been made by the Myanmar government. Mr Aung said that Myanmar’s economy has experienced a major transformation since the political changes in 2011, and is now attracting larger scale foreign direct investments. More reforms are in the pipeline, and bigger opportunities are open for foreign direct investments in various sectors, including energy, telecommunication, education, health and agriculture.

Other speakers included Ms Philippa Dawson, General

Manager Trade of the Australian Trade Commission

(Austrade), Professor Anu Rammohan, Associate Dean

(International Relations) of the University of Western

Australia Business School, and Ms Verity Lomax, Chief

Executive Officer of the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Andrea Gleason, the Director of Western Australia

Office of DFAT, who opened the forum, was pleased with DFAT’s collaboration with ABORG in hosting this forum. Professor Hugh Wilkins, Head of School of

Business at ECU praised the organisers of the event, and said that the forum is both timely and relevant with the anticipation of the formalisation of the ASEAN

Economic Community.

The Forum was well attended by guests and participants from the industry, government, and academia. ABORG’s leader Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta was impressed by the quality of the speakers’ presentations and the discussions, and was happy with the ongoing relationship with DFAT.

“This forum has provided us with an excellent opportunity to interact and to exchange experiences, and we will continue our interaction and deepen our dialogue in our future events,” he said.

The Forum was held on Friday, 16 October 2015, at the

Exchange Tower in Perth, Western Australia.

Left to right: Professor Anu Rammohan, Ms Philippa

Dawson, Professor Hugh Wilkins, Myanmar Director

General of DICA Mr Aung Naing Oo, Ms Andrea Gleason,

Ms Verity Lomax, Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta and Associate Professor Madeleine Ogilvie

BUSINESS BREAKFAST AT CPA AUSTRALIA CONGRESS

The School of Business at Edith Cowan University (ECU) has sponsored a Business Breakfast at the recent CPA Australia

Congress. The breakfast was taking place in the Grand Ballroom of Crown Perth, on 24 November 2015, with Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, the Hon. Kerry Sanderson AO, as the Keynote Speaker. She delivered a speech about

“Sir Charles Court: A leadership model of determination and ethical principles”.

In discussing Sir Charles, and the future direction of Western Australia, Governor Sanderson described Sir Charles Court’s high principles and a strong sense of ethics. His leadership and determination set the State onto a strong growth path.

Governor Sanderson also highlighted the importance of using values as our compass, and the degree to which values are important to business.

ECU Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, who delivered the Opening Speech, was pleased with a sustained relationship between ECU and CPA Australia. The event was well attended by guests and participants from the industry, government, and academia. Professor Chapman invited everyone to visit ECU, give a talk and share their experience with our students, take our students to do internships or work integrated learning at their organisations, conduct collaborative projects, and provide inputs to keep ECU improving.

Both Michael Harris, WA General Manager of CPA Australia, and Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta, ECU Associate

Head of School of Business, who assisted in organising this event were impressed by the quality of the speech and the discussions, and were committed to continue strengthening the relationship between ECU and CPA Australia.

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 7

FACULTY STAFF AWARDED

Faculty Staff Awards recently acknowledged staff for their hard work, achievements and commitment throughout 2015 at the Joondalup Country Club Resort. Faculty staff also used this occasion to bid farewell to Executive Dean, Prof Mark

Stoney. Congratulations to all our award winners!

The Teaching and Learning Awards

2015 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Alicia Stanway

2015 Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching

Business Law Team:

Krishna Prasad

Brad Moore

Mahmood Fadjiar

The Research Awards

Dean’s Award for Early Career Researcher:

Dr Abhay Singh

Dean’s Award HDR Supervision

Dr Zubaidah Ismail

Dr Ann-Claire Larsen

Dean’s Award for Research Excellence:

Dr Abel Duarte Alonso

Associate Professor Rob Powell

2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Sessional

Staff Member

Fiona Cross

Dean’s Awards

Faculty Service Award 2015

Wendy Baker

2015 Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Dr Dilhani Kapu Arachilage

Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta

2015 Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Dr Dale Sanders

Faculty Service Award 2015

Faculty Office Administrative Team:

Wendy Burger

Jane Burnell

Deb Eames-Butcher

Donna Gardner

Lynne Stephenson

Jacqui Tyrie

Dean’s Award for Engagement 2015

Tina Fleming

ECU AND UWA LAUNCH COLLABORATIVE

RESEARCH REPORT

On 17 November 2015 Dr Janice Redmond Edith

Cowan University (ECU) and two research colleagues from University of Western Australia (UWA), Dr’s Beth

Walker and Jacquie Hutchinson, invited the public to the launch of their report: My business is my retirement fund:

Small business owners’ attitudes to retirement savings at

Spectrum Space, Mt Lawley Campus.

Special guests, Professor Lyn Beazley AO (West Australian of the Year) and Teika Porrins from StatePlus and Chair of

Women in Super (WA) addressed the audience to provide them with a broader perspective of the issues involved in saving for retirement.

This research event was timely as the Commonwealth government is considering ways to address the gap in superannuation savings between women and men, and the collaborative research between ECU and UWA has shown an alarming shortfall in the necessary savings of women small business owners. Fortunately, with the support of an

ECU Collaboration Grant with industry partners, Business

Foundations, StatePlus and Women in Super (WA), Dr’s

Redmond, Walker and Hutchinson will be extending the research and seeking to improve the financial literacy of women small business owners.

For more information, contact Dr Janice Redmond on email: [email protected]

Left to right:

Dr Janice Redmond,

Dr Beth Walker,

Professor Lyn Beazley

AO, and Teika Porrins

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 8

EXPLORING RESEARCH IN ASIAN BUSINESS

Current business perspectives and practices in Asia were the key topics discussed at a recent research symposium on Asian business hosted by ECU in Perth as part of its

Research Week.

Malaysian Consul General Ms Hafizah Abdullah opened the symposium and emphasised on the importance of information sharing and international scholarly collaboration.

Ms Abdullah said that the symposium came as highly timely to provide a necessary platform to bring together scholars, researchers and students to share and update each other on the latest development and breakthroughs in the field of business and management studies. She was also pleased that the symposium was held exactly on

Malaysia Day, a commemoration day of the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963.

ECU Head of School of Business, Professor Hugh Wilkins, delivered a welcoming speech and said “This symposium is a good medium to disseminate research outputs to a larger audience and promote joint research and publications into the future.”

The symposium was organised by ECU Asian Business and

Organisational Research Group (ABORG) in collaboration with MARA University of Technology Malacca, Malaysia.

ABORG has been very active in engaging with a broad range of stakeholders and promoting ECU’s research capability in Asian business.

“The support from the Malaysian Consul-General illustrates the importance placed on research engagement and collaboration,” said the group leader Associate

Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta.

The symposium was held on Wednesday, 16 September, in the Ngoolark Building at ECU Joondalup Campus.

Left to right: Dr Saiyidi Mat Roni - UiTM, Associate

Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta, Malaysian Consul General

Ms Hafizah Abdullah, and Malaysian Education Attache Mr

Abdul Hadi Mustaffa

FORMER CHANCELLOR OF EXCHEQUER VISITS ECU

UK Former Chancellor of Exchequer, the Right Honourable Alistair

Darling, visited Edith Cowan University (ECU) in October where he was given the opportunity of meeting School of Business students studying

Corporate Finance.

Accompanied by Head of School, Professor Hugh Wilkins, students got to hear Mr Darling’s opinions on the state of the European Union, and his thoughts on Australia’s capacity to face another economic and financial storm like the GFC.

One of the ECU teams for the CFA Research Challenge this year, took the opportunity to present their equity valuation analysis on the stock market listed company, Navitas.

In show of their appreciation, the students thanked Mr Darling for his visit by presenting him with a gift from the Faculty of Business and Law.

“Mr Darling’s visit provided our students with a valuable opportunity to gain insights on how other countries perceive the strength of Australia’s financial system, and the subtle complexities of navigating periods of extreme panic in financial markets,” says Dr Jaime Yong, Senior Lecturer

School of Business.

For more information, contact Dr Jaime Yong on email:

[email protected]

School of Business Newsletter, December 2015 | page 9

STUDY TOUR

During September and October, 13 students and tour leader

Greg Willson enjoyed an Innovation Study Tour to Guangzhou,

Shenzhen and Hong Kong. We were warmly welcomed to

Guangzhou by our tour guide Felix, who has a passion for karaoke and sang ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘Little Apple’ to welcome us to China. Little Apple is a hit song in China and has led many of us to seek this out on Itunes.

We were warmly welcomed by staff and students at Baiyun

University (Guangzhou) and Shenzhen University whom ECU has friendships with. We have promised to make their students as welcome when they come to ECU to visit or study.

Highlights from the university visits included guided tours of the universities, discussions with lecturers and English language students, and a forum where students learned about the history, opportunities and process for developing business in China.

During the tour, students met with leaders from innovative businesses in China including ZTE Electronics, Suncoo

Homewares, Guanlan Printmaking Base and an affiliate of

Guangdong Precous Metals Exchange (PMEC); where we learned on the stockmarket in China, red is good.

Other highlights included experiencing Guangzhou’s skyline from the 600m high Canton Tower and learning the history of China through Lingnam Impression Museum and our knowledgable tour guides.

“A personal highlight for me and some brave students was climbing to the top of Lotus Hill, and dancing in the rain to the amusement of locals once we got there,” says Dr Greg Willson,

Lecturer School of Business.

“The tour was a great learning experience for everyone. It was fascinating to see the differences in everyday and business life in China and this experience will be highly beneficial to the students in their business careers”.

At Shenzhen’s University and Art Museum

CITATION AWARD

Congratulations to Rob Powell who is a recipient of 2015 Office for Learning and Teaching

(OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the application of innovative and effective research-based approaches to learning and teaching in banking and finance.

This national award recognises and rewards the contribution made by the recipients to the quality of student learning, and it is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

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