Celebration of achievement at UNE Partnerships

Published 05 November 2008

pettigrewdoyle.jpgThe Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England, Professor Alan Pettigrew, delivered the Occasional Address at UNE Partnerships’ second biennial graduation ceremony last Saturday.

Graduands travelled from as far away as Melbourne and Brisbane to attend the ceremony at the C.B. Newling Building (the “Old Teachers’ College”) in Armidale, where their family and friends joined them in celebrating their success.

Richard Doyle, the Managing Director of UNE Partnerships, welcomed the graduands, and Professor Pettigrew presented them with their certificates and diplomas. A special guest at the ceremony was Richard Torbay, Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly and Member for Northern Tablelands, who has had a long association with the University of New England.

Almost 2,700 students have graduated from UNE Partnerships – the education and training company of the University of New England – over the past two years, with another 2,000 currently enrolled. The programs the students undertake include Business Administration and Management, Facilities Management, Frontline Management, Government, Medical Reception, Practice Management, Project Management, and Training and Assessment.

During last Saturday’s ceremony Debra Jenner, who graduated on the day with an Advanced Diploma of Business Management (and who also holds a Diploma of Business – Frontline Management from UNE Partnerships), responded on behalf of the graduates, thanking the staff of UNE Partnerships for their support throughout her studies.

“As a wife and mother, and working full-time, finding the time to study meant taking my notes to cricket, soccer, netball and any other extracurricular activity my kids are involved in, so that I could make the most of every spare minute,” she said. “There were lots of late nights, but in the end I achieved what I set out to achieve – with the support of my family and friends, and the encouragement of work colleagues as well as staff and assessors from UNE Partnerships.”

Ms Jenner, who works as Administration and Finance Officer for the UNE-based National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia, is considering further study. Students who gain a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification from UNE Partnerships are eligible for advanced standing in higher-award programs at the University  of New England and can join the ranks of UNE alumni.

UNE Partnerships, with its head office in Armidale, is a successful model of a regionally based business delivering educational services and opportunities to individuals and organisations throughout Australia.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, showing Professor Alan Pettigrew (left) and Richard Doyle, was taken at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony and expands to include Richard Torbay.