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Curtin appoints Pro Vice-Chancellor for Singapore Campus

Media release


13 August 2008

Curtin University of Technology is pleased to announce the appointment of Associate Professor John Neilson as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor to spearhead the establishment of all academic aspects of the recently announced Singapore Campus.

Associate Professor Neilson is a long standing staff member of the University’s renowned Curtin Business School (CBS), being the Head of the highly regarded School of Accounting from 1998, and also serving as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of CBS over a number of periods.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket, welcomed this important appointment for the Singapore Campus.

“Associate Professor Neilson has been with Curtin for over 17 years, and he is an excellent choice to lead and nurture the development of our Singapore Campus,” Professor Hacket said.

“Associate Professor Neilson has been a significant contributor to the development of numerous professional and academic courses at CBS and Curtin. He has also developed a strong reputation within the Western Australian business community, particularly with his involvement in numerous aspects of small to medium enterprises and his important ties with the accounting profession.”

“His experience in these areas will be invaluable in providing academic and strategic leadership for the Singapore Campus as well as managing the quality of its programs.”

Curtin’s Singapore Campus is scheduled to commence operations in December 2008 and will offer CBS courses, and based on student demand, new programs from other faculties including Humanities and Health Sciences.

The Singapore Campus will be managed and operated by Navitas Singapore Pte Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Navitas Limited a long standing partner of the University.  Navitas Limited is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and also operates Curtin’s Sydney Campus on behalf of Curtin as well as Curtin International College and many other colleges in Australia and overseas.

Curtin also expects its current partners, the Marketing Institute of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Materials Management and the Singapore Human Resources Institute to continue to be involved in teaching at the new Campus

The comprehensive teaching facility will enhance the student experience while providing research and development opportunities for the University, and strengthening industry engagement in Singapore.

The new Pro Vice-Chancellor is in place to ensure excellent academic outcomes and Curtin’s approach to teaching and learning.

Prior to joining Curtin, Associate Professor Neilson held key accounting, financial management and planning positions in both the private and public sectors.

He has also provided consultancy to a diverse range of professional, government and not-for-profit financial management and advisory projects.

Associate Professor Neilson has authored and co-authored numerous publications and has held editorial appointments with the Asian Review of Accounting.

His new position was effective from 21 July 2008 and he will relocate to Singapore later this year.

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Modified: 13 August 2008