UNE VC in Australia’s Top 5

Published 14 March 2013

UNE Chancellor Richard Torbay has congratulated Vice-Chancellor Jim Barber on being named in The Australian newspapers “Top 50 in Higher Education” list for 2013.

“Professor Barber is just one of five Vice-Chancellors to make the list and along with Professor Sandra Harding (James Cook University) is one of only two based at a regional university,” Mr Torbay said

“This is a great achievement and is testimony to the high regard in which he is held within the higher education sector.

“Professor Barber is willing to be innovative and push the boundaries to ensure that UNE maintains its competitive edge.

“For example, UNE is the first university in Australia to announce its open online courseware offering, UNE Open, will provide the opportunity for students to gain advanced standing into a range of UNE degrees.

“This has the potential to make study more affordable and available to both domestic and international students.

“I applaud the Vice-Chancellor on making this year’s list and look forward to seeing his innovation in action throughout this year,” Mr Torbay said.