Presidents Newsletter - 2 December 2014
Farewell Federation University Students!
Our last Federation University Students - MBA and MIT Graduates! Congratulations from all of us at TWLI!
Last Friday night we had the final graduation celebration for Federation University students who had studied the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Information Technology (MIT).
We have developed a tradition of giving responsibility for the graduation theme and agenda to the students participating. The dress theme for the graduation determined by the students was ‘Casino Royale’ so there were some very smart dressers indeed! I felt quite inadequate in my business suit! The MIT students gave a clever presentation in 3 languages with two presenters speaking in a different native language to their own!
Our Principal Ms Mona Dharmasenan and Academic Director Dr Rhoda Abadia gave impassioned speeches about our student’s great achievements and the need for them to approach the future as a continuing learning journey. Dr Abadia also mentioned the vitally important role played by other family members in student’s success.
Our graduands changed to into their academic gowns for the presentation of certificates. This graduating group included our best ever class in the MIT. No fewer than 4 students had grade point averages in excess of distinction level - a fantastic effort by any measure. Dr Abadia presented the Academic Excellence Awards to Dwight Mosqueda (MIT) with a 6.4 GPA which is high distinction level!! and Aprille Montaner for best in the MBA.
Ms Dharmasenan also noted that most of our MBA graduands had already obtained full time work- another outstanding achievement. It was a wonderful graduation celebration but also a little sad as we urged the graduands to keep in touch with us. The William Light Institute prides itself on being a friendly and supportive environment and we are determined to continue to develop a learning culture based on individualised learning and support.
So farewell to our students and to all our wonderful colleagues at Federation. Now we can look forward to an exciting future at William Light - here is the latest news.
Good progress is being made with our new public university partner towards a start up of course delivery for 2015. We will be making a formal announcement as soon as the final accreditation processes for The William Light Institute’s campus have been completed with an initial focus on business, accounting and IT courses.
In the interim staff are very busy in development work on a range of new programmes including:
- Professional Year Program in IT (intakes in January and March 2015)
- Teach in Australia/Academic English program (February )
- Graduate Certificate in Wounds Management (July)
- A new partnership to deliver the graduate nursing bridging course (EPIQ-mid year)
We are also hopeful of an early commencement for the Australian Computer Society’s Diploma in IT course currently being accredited for international students