26 September 2023

University marks its pearl anniversary

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The University of Canberra (UC) is celebrating 30 years as a University for the nation’s capital.

Vice-Chancellor and President of UC, Paddy Nixon said the University had achieved a lot over the past 30 years, achieved a top spot in young University global rankings, uncovered breakthrough research, opened world-class facilities, expanded its academic offerings, and educated thousands of Canberrans.

“UC is ingrained in the very fabric of what makes Canberra great,” Professor Nixon said.

“There’s not a Canberran who has not either studied at UC; had a family member do their masters or PhD at UC; been taught by a primary or high school teacher who did their practical training through UC; been treated by a nurse or physio who graduated UC; been touched by research from UC; or watched the nightly news presented by a UC alumni,” he said.

Professor Nixon said that while the COVID-19 pandemic had put plans for a large celebration on hold, UC would celebrate the milestone through activations, content pieces and virtual events for the Canberra community.

“From Future Bright Facebook Live to UnCover Magazine; from syndicated light rail podcasts to dedicated 30th Anniversary content on UnCover, UC is shining a light on our staff, students, alumni and researchers to illustrate the incredible impact they have on our region,” he said.

“I am proud to see Canberra’s university has delivered on its promise to our unique city for the past 30 years.”

Professor Nixon said the celebration was about thanking University’s staff and educators.

“Now we look to the future of this incredible city and region and how we can continue to be intertwined in the fabric of Canberra to provide an incubation for innovation, question the status quo and provide progressive solutions for the future,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see what our future holds,” Professor Nixon said.

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