The University of Western Sydney officially turned 25 in the beginning of January earlier in the year. One of the youngest Universities in Australia has grown to have more than 40,000 students and 3,000 staff. There have been more then 30 events on all campus locations celebrating the silver jubilee. Campus games and competitions were part of the celebrations and an official ceremony was held at Hawkesbury Campus. During the ceremony, the university’s Chancellor Peter Shergold commented on the progress of the university and where it stands today.
“We remain utterly committed to an institution that seeks to offer a university place to every student with a capacity to benefit from higher education. No matter their race, ethnicity, religion or family circumstance.”
Nominated NSW woman of the year and law student Lakshmi Logathassan was part of the official celebrations at Hawkesbury Campus. She was named NSW Young Woman of the Year for her initiatives to provide underprivileged communities with computers and IT skills.
“It’s astonishing to think that only 25 years ago, the University of Western Sydney was simply an idea on paper. Today 25 years later, it has grown into a vibrant hub of education, creativity and innovation,” says Lakshmi.
With developing a growing university, comes the development of the logos. The Westmead Teacher’s College logo, which was part of UWS prior to 1889, represented the moon landing in 1969. It signifies the launching of the college into a new era of human endeavour and achievement. The UWS first official logo represented the Blue Mountains with the upper most point head representing the future. Finally in 1995 it was then changed to the current Bringing Knowledge to Life logo.
There have been further celebrations of the quarter century achievement with students and staff commenting on the university’s progress. Team Leader Linda Westmoreland from the Hawkesbury campus recognises her passion for working with the University.
“I love this institution and the people who work and study here. I am not alone with this feeling. It is not something one can explain. It is for me a sense of belonging,” says Linda.
Western Sydney is the most populous area in the state and houses more then two million people. Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover celebrated with his inaugural speech recognising the university opportunity to grow even further within the area and internationally.
“If we are to do justice to our Greater Western Sydney region and build on the great achievements of the past, UWS must establish itself firmly as an internationally-recognised and vibrant institution of higher learning and research,” says Professor Glover.
Over the next decade, professor Glover’s plan include expanding the university’s international profile by doubling current international student numbers to 8,000 as well as growing the number of domestic UWS students travelling overseas.
“It is the people of the University’s community who have contributed to our history, and it is the people in our university community who will play a critical role in helping shape the next decade and beyond,” says Professor Glover.
“Our proud history has laid a firm foundation upon which we can work together to build the UWS of the future,” says Professor Glover.