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From the Executive Dean's Desk

July was a very busy month across the Faculty with a series of very successful conferences taking place.  These included the 8th International Conference on Greek Research, the Italian Residential School for Teachers of Italian, the Refugee and Migration Conference, a two-day conference, on Hume and the Enlightenment and the Screen Studies conference, held in conjunction with UniSA.. My thanks go to all Faculty and University staff who contributed their time and expertise to planning and staging these events.

This month has also seen the  Masters of Education Graduation Ceremony for the fourth cohort of students take place at Capital Normal University, Beijing. Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, presented the graduates with their certificates at the official ceremony  and was also present for the official signing of a credit transfer agreement between Flinders University and Capital Normal University for undergraduate students.

Along with other official duties, the recent China visit cemented a new partnership with the signing of a contract between Flinders University and Xianda College, part of the Beijing International University. This new agreement allows the College to deliver the Flinders University Diploma in Business and Information Technology under the guidance of Flinders University .

While in Shanghai, I presented a seminar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to students interested in undertaking the Master of.Education and/or the Master of TESOL. We also discussed intensive courses for senior legal officials from China.

At home I was pleased to attend the ALTC Citation awards which were presented to Derek Dalton Barbara Nielson and Lynley Wallis from EHLT. My congratulations to them and to those who were promoted in the 2009 promotions -

Dr Ian Ravenscroft (School of Humanities), promoted to Associate Professor (Level D)

Dr Helen Askell-Williams (School of Education) and Dr Jonathan Bollen (School of Humanities), promoted to Senior Lecturer  (Level C) and

Ms Helen Carter (School of Humanities) and Ms Jennifer McKinnon (School of Humanities), promoted to Lecturer (Level B).

My congratulations.