Being named a finalist in the prestigious international Global Teaching Excellence Award 2017, is a red-letter day for the University of Wollongong, said UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings.
UOW was the only NSW university and one of only five from Australia to make the cut. GTEA is an initiative of the Higher Education Academy, an independent UK-based national body which champions teaching excellence, in partnership with Times Higher Education.
UOW is among 27 institutions shortlisted from top universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
GTEA entrants were assessed in; excellence in the leadership of teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, and excellence in student support.
A 16-person independent panel comprised of international educationalists from America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia will judge the shortlisted entries, with the overall winner to be announced at a gala event in London on September 4.
‘’This [finalist] reflects the very long tradition of teaching excellence at Wollongong,’’ Prof Wellings said.
‘’Our courses and research capacity are geared towards excellence at a global level. We are focused on creating a lasting impact that contributes to the needs of communities and empowers people to achieve their aspirations.’’
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joe Chicharo said that in just 42 years since becoming an independent institution, UOW had become one of the best modern universities in the world: dynamic, agile and prominent in national and international rankings for the quality of its teaching, research, student experience and outcomes.
“At Wollongong, we have a tradition of caring deeply for our students, and making sure we do all we can for them to enjoy a great experience,” Professor Chicharo said.