The University of Western Sydney’s new Vice Chancellor is determined to see the university gain a better international reputation and enhance its educational offerings with state of the art technology.
Professor Barney Glover has taken up his new position as Vice-Chancellor, replacing Professor Janice Reid who retired at the end of 2013 after 16 years at the helm.
An internationally recognised mathematician, Mr Glover said he is looking forward to seeing the university’s many capital and infrastructure projects come to fruition.
“We have the new library due to be constructed at the Kingswood campus this year, which is a very exciting project for students and researchers,” he said.
“And of course there is the Werrington Business Park that is already under construction and is viewed as simply stage one of the broader development of the North and South campuses.”
Mr Glover said that he has a few goals for the university that he would like to see through, including building its international reputation.
“UWS has very strong community ties and from the outset has aimed to be an accessible university, so I think it is time the university became more accessible to international students,” he said.
“Globalisation is a trend that many universities are experiencing and there is a great opportunity for UWS to build its international reputation – the university has a great reputation nationally, but it is time to attract more international attention.”
He said that another challenge will be integrating technologies into the learning experience such as online course modules.
“We want to enhance the learning experience and also open up the university to online learning opportunities for the broader community,” Mr Glover said.
Finding new revenue streams and research opportunities are also high on the agenda.