UNE Partnerships celebrates 25 years

Published 22 November 2011

unepUNE Partnerships, the education and training company owned by the University of New England, celebrated its 25th anniversary during a recent dinner at Lindsay House in Armidale.

UNE Partnerships was established as a technology transfer company in May 1986, and for the next 10 years it played a role in commercialising UNE research. In 1996 the company’s focus changed to education and training, leading to its establishment as a registered training organisation in 1999. UNE Partnerships currently has 35 nationally recognised vocational qualifications on its scope of registration.

At the anniversary dinner the Managing Director of UNE Partnerships, Richard Doyle, welcomed the Chancellor of UNE, the Hon. Richard Torbay, who spoke about the significant contribution that UNE Partnerships had made to the University. Mr Doyle also welcomed UNE Partnerships staff and Board members, and several local students.

Dr James Harris, Chair of the UNE Partnerships Board, said: “Staff members of UNE Partnerships have a proud history of serving their clients to the highest standards, whether they be individuals or companies, and the Board congratulates them. UNE Partnerships is entering a growth phase, and we are developing plans that will enhance our ability to grow, as well as to continue to provide great service.”

During the evening a special presentation was made to Debra Swanson and Carolann Ryan, who had achieved 20 years of service at UNE Partnerships.

UNE Partnerships also celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a graduation ceremony at Doltone House in Sydney earlier this year. The graduating students travelled from as far away as Melbourne and Brisbane to attend the ceremony, and the evening was enjoyed by the graduates and their families, representatives of corporate client organisations, and members of the staff and Board of UNE Partnerships.

Professor Alison Sheridan, a member of the UNE Partnerships Board, said: “The celebration of the achievements of our graduates is a highlight for all those involved in the delivery and support of our programs. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of the graduates and hear how they are now putting their studies into practice in their workplaces. With so many family members and friends there to celebrate with them, and the opportunity for them to catch up with new friends they had met through studying with UNE Partnerships, there was a real ‘buzz’ to the occasion.”