University of Canberra Changing of Guard Honoured at CBC Lunch

5 May 2016


Canberra Business Chamber hosted a lunch today to welcome new University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor H. Deep Saini and honour departing Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker AO for his contribution to tertiary education in the region.

“Professor Parker has led the University of Canberra for nine years and during that time it has gone from strength to strength,” Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry praised.

“One of the University’s most recent achievements under Professor Parker’s guidance was to be named among the best young universities in the world by the 2016 Times Higher Education 150 Under 50.”

“Professor Parker has also been a leader when it comes to ensuring tertiary education in the ACT develops future employees with skills relevant to today’s businesses.

“We wish Professor Parker all the best for the future and thank him for all he has done for our community.”

Part of the Chamber’s Destination 2030 vision includes ensuring international students choose to study in Canberra and connections between tertiary institutes and business support ongoing opportunity for international trade in products and ideas.

Canberra Business Chamber looks forward to working with Professor Saini to attract students from around the country and the world to the ACT and build on the University of Canberra’s reputation as a leading tertiary education campus.

“Professor Saini’s international experience will play an important role as the University of Canberra moves forward and helps the ACT solidify its status as a knowledge hub,” Ms Hendry said.

Canberra Business Chamber will meet with Professor Saini once he has officially taken up his new position to discuss ways the business and tertiary sectors can cooperatively develop initiatives to benefit the region.

“In particular, we think partnerships between the education and business sectors can help address skills shortages, prepare our future workforce and encourage students to stay in Canberra after they graduate,” Ms Hendry said.

“Professor Saini has already expressed a commitment to involving the University of Canberra in local economic development and we are excited about exploring opportunities with him after he starts his new job in September.”

Media Contact: Robyn Hendry, CEO Canberra Business Chamber 0418 462 151