Business at Notre Dame - Celebrating 20 years and 2200 graduates

Caterina Crucitti (centre), Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer in the School of Business, Fremantle, celebrates the 20th anniversary with students and graduates of the Business School.

22 October 2015

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Business in Fremantle celebrated 20 years of excellence and advances in business education with a special reception on Friday 16 October 2015.

Current students; alumni; donors, prize-givers and internship placement providers; professional and business associates; present and former staff of the School; and the University community joined to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Business School.

The School of Business was well on its way before the official establishment in 1995, with the appointment of Dr John Wood as the inaugural Director of the Notre Dame Centre of Business in 1993 before he became the Foundation Dean.

Over the course of its history, the School has seen its courses receive accreditation with their respective national bodies; a growth in course offerings, many of which link Business with the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences and Law; and the establishment of a new School of Business on the Sydney Campus.

Almost 2200 students have graduated with Business degrees from the Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus over the past 20 years.

In his address, Professor Chris Doepel, Dean of the School of Business, Fremantle, said some of the features of the School that originated during its formative years have remained constant.

“One of these is the continuing relationship with the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. Each year, we welcome two dozen Mendoza students for a semester, accompanied by a Visiting Professor. We value this relationship and the energy that these visitors bring to our School,” Professor Doepel said.

“Another feature is our focus on providing a real-world business education grounded in up-to-date academic scholarship. Teaching and supervision are supported by a pastoral ethos – consistent with our theological view of the whole person – that treats each student as an individual.”

Another feature of the Business degree at Notre Dame is the inclusion of a compulsory internship. Since 1996, the internship has provided undergraduate students with a unique opportunity.

“Through this program, our intentions are to develop students’ preparation for the workplace, to expose them to insights from senior business leaders, and to establish enduring relationships with business partners,” Professor Doepel said.

As Notre Dame is a direct entry university, you can still apply for 2016. Apply direct –

Click here to read a copy of Professor Chris Doepel’s 20th anniversary speech

View the School of Business 20 Years Photo Gallery.

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