Day of firsts for UNE

Published 05 April 2013

Today marks the culmination of years of hard work for nearly 300 University of New England students, a number of whom are the first to graduate with a qualification new to UNE in the fields of Science, Health and Medicine. 

UNE Vice-Chancellor Jim Barber said that day one of the Autumn graduations in 2013 will see five awards conferred for the first time.  

“Five years ago we started a Joint Medical Program (JMP) with the University of Newcastle and today that partnership marks an important milestone with 46 students graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine,” Professor Barber said.  

“Many of these students have already gained employment in regional and rural referral hospitals across NSW, including in Tamworth, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Taree.

“Our medical program prides itself on actively recruiting students of Indigenous, regional, rural and remote backgrounds and giving them a practical mix of metropolitan, regional, rural and remote experience.”

Professor Barber said that alongside our medical graduates is our first cohort of graduates from the Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Graduate Certificate in Precision Agriculture. 

“UNE is proud to be a regionally-based, globally networked university focussed on research, training and education that is of particular importance to rural and regional communities.

“Today we have demonstrated our commitment to this goal.

“I wish all the graduates every success in their chosen careers and am pleased to welcome them into our alumni,” Professor Barber said. 

Over the next eight days UNE will graduate more than 2000 students, 900 of whom will attend one of the four graduation ceremonies in Armidale.