Notre Dame and Hills Shire community celebrate one year of educational partnership

Associate Professor Geoff Morris, Dean of the School of Business Sydney and Councillor Dr Michelle Byrnes, Mayor of the Hills Shire Council with current postgraduate students of The University of Notre Dame Australia Norwest business classes

24 March 2014

The University of Notre Dame Australia has celebrated one year since the establishment of its educational partnership with the Hills Shire and the Norwest Business community with a civic reception.

The School of Business, Sydney began teaching postgraduate business courses at Norwest Business Park in 2013. It has recently welcomed its first stream of alumni after the founding cohort graduated with Graduate Certificates in Business.

The milestone was marked on Wednesday 12 March by with a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of the Hills Shire Council, Councillor Dr Michelle Byrnes. Also in attendance were:

  • Councillor Andrew Jefferies, Deputy Mayor Hills Shire Council
  • The Hon. David Elliott MP, Member for Baulkham Hills
  • Associate Professor Geoff Morris, Dean of the School of Business Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Keiran Bryce, CEO of the Parramatta Diocesan Development Fund
  • Graduates and current students of The University of Notre Dame Australia Norwest cohort
  • Counsellors, Hills Shire Council

Professor Margot Kearns, Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic, Sydney says the anniversary is a promising sign for the future of business in Sydney's north-west.

"Norwest Business Park has become headquarters for some of Australia's largest companies, including Woolworths," Professor Kearns said.

"With the increased population throughout the Hills district, Notre Dame is offering world-class postgraduate courses to the current and next generation of business leaders close to where they work and live."

Associate Professor Geoff Morris, Dean of the School of Business Sydney says studying a postgraduate business course with Notre Dame means more than acquiring a piece of paper.

"Our students learn from each other and from the years of industry experience our staff bring," Associate Professor Morris said.

"They acquire not only the latest business insights but the practical skills they need to take the next step in their careers. Many discover strengths they never thought they had."

Kristina Genovese, Events Manager at Hockey NSW was one of the first postgraduate students to graduate from the Norwest cohort. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Notre Dame and says postgraduate degree is almost mandatory to land senior roles in the current competitive job market.

"It's definitely increased the number of opportunities for me," says Kristina.

"I chose to study at Notre Dame because they cater for each individual's background, strengths and areas of interest."

Applications for postgraduate course at the School of Business Sydney are open for 2014. For further information, please contact the Prospective Students Office on sydney@nd.edu.au or phone (02) 8204 4404.

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