Presidents Newsletter - 17 February 2015

Welcome to 'Mad March'

Adelaide is usually abuzz this time of year with the Fringe Festival of arts and music (second only to Edinburgh in size) then WOMAD world music festival, our famous Adelaide Festival of Arts and the hugely popular around the city centre production car race. Oh and I forgot the Adelaide Cup horse racing carnival. The marvellous Fringe opening parade was held last Friday night with all the vibrant, quirky and imaginative floats we have come to expect.

However the opening weekend this year was surpassed by the India versus Pakistan World Cup cricket match at beautiful Adelaide Oval. Even for those not familiar with cricket the sheer energy, atmosphere, colour and incredible noise from 50,000 passionate fans was an experience never to be forgotten. The television audience for the event was over one billion - the largest ever for a cricket match. The city pulsated with blue and green shirted and face painted fans - it would have been a great weekend for shareholders in Indian restaurants!

  

At the William Light Institute we are having productive discussions in 3 countries regarding a possible partnership to deliver all or components of our new Graduate Certificate in Wounds Management. It is exciting to think that the world leading techniques incorporated in this course can be made available to nurses and other medical staff in developing countries at an affordable cost.

We are receiving strong interest in our new partnership with Australian Catholic University with the first course, the Master of Business Administration due to commence on the 23rd March. The MBA will have a second intake in July and be joined at that time by other business related courses. We also plan to commence courses in information technology through ACU by November (subject to obtaining appropriate accreditations) Many ACU courses in these fields have industry standards embedded in them. This is great for students but means a more complex accreditation process.

Our Australian Computer Society Professional Year Program is underway. Participants have already been to an MBA alumni event where they were encouraged to network with industry professionals and obtained some great contacts. Also last week the group had the fantastic opportunity to interview the CEO of one of Australia’s leading advanced manufacturing companies on business communications. Feedback from the CEO was very positive, ‘......Full credit to them (the students) for the professional way that they conducted the interview, their pleasant manner and thorough questions. Well done!’

Our next intake for the Professional Year Program is in April. For further info contact us on info@wli.sa.edu.au  or 08 8223 2544. We are also planning a second campus for PYP interstate and there will be more details on this campus and its program in the near future.

Teachers interested in our Teach in Australia/Academic English program will need to get their applications to us by the end of February - so don’t delay!

Kind regards

Greg Black