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Curtin strengthens Western Australia’s ties with Europe

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry has joined distinguished national and international guests at the 2015 March Strategic Flashlight Forum to discuss Western Australia’s relationship with the European Union (EU).

Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry speaks at Strategic Flashlight forum
Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry delivers the official welcoming speech for the 2015 March Strategic Flashlight Forum, joined by the forum’s director, Dr Alexey Muraviev.

Professor Terry met with high-profile guests, including Federal Minister of Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann; Ambassador and Head of Delegation, Delegation of the EU to Australia and New Zealand, Dr Sem Fabrizi; and European Australian Business Council CEO, Jason Collins, to speak at the Strategic Flashlight Forum on Friday 19 March.

The forum addressed Western Australia’s business and diplomatic ties to Europe and discussed how these ties might be strengthened in the future.

Distinguished guests at the Strategic Flashlight Event

Director of the Strategic Flashlight Forum, Dr Alexey Muraviev; Ambassador and Head of Delegation, Delegation of the EU to Australia and New Zealand, Dr Sem Fabrizi; Curtin Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry; Federal Minister of Finance, Senator Matthias Cormann; international business relations professional, Mary Jardine-Clarke; and European Australian Business Council CEO, Jason Collins.

Dr Alexey Muraviev, the Director of the Strategic Flashlight Forum and Head of Curtin’s Department of Social Sciences and International Studies, believes that the Strategic Flashlight Forum has helped inform debates on international strategy on the Western seaboard.

“Events like these bring together government, business and academic leaders to open up a policy-driven dialogue about specific affairs relevant to Western Australia and the nation, ranging from border security challenges to homeland security and defence, economic security, international policy development and international relations,” he says.

Crowd at the Strategic Flashlight Forum

Earlier in the same week, Curtin University, working in conjunction with the Department of State Development, hosted a delegation of EU science and research counsellors to discuss Curtin University’s research goals and plans to strengthen international partnerships.

Both these events were intended to inform leaders in government, business and education about ways in which they can help strengthen Western Australia’s ties with Europe.

The next Strategic Flashlight Forum will be held sometime in April.

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