UWS awards regional and industry innovators

Date: 18/11/2002

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has paid tribute to five of its external partners for their work in advancing Greater Western Sydney, during an awards presentation at Parramatta.

The inaugural Regional and Industry Partnership Awards have recognised some of the University's outstanding partnerships in projects as varied as an innovative web-based data management system, cultural and migrant-based research, helping families function more effectively, and environmental education.

Manager of the UWS Office of Regional Development, Jan Temple, says one of the University's primary aims is for a greater engagement with the Greater Western Sydney region.

"There's a growing expectation for UWS to be an integral part of the local community's social and economic well-being, and a breeding ground for innovation," Ms Temple says.

"These awards present UWS with an opportunity to give something back to the community, and those who support it in this mission."

Ms Temple says UWS staff members were invited to nominate partner organisations for the awards. A total of 14 entries were received for the five categories.

"Staff at the University recognise the importance that these groups and individuals play in the development of joint programs and initiatives. It's been their chance to say 'thank you' for a job well done."

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, has congratulated this year's recipients.

"They've made outstanding contributions to the University and helped advance the Greater Western Sydney region as a whole. While we could only recognise five organisations here, we acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all our partners, "Professor Reid says.

"I hope the Regional and Industry Partnership Awards will help UWS strengthen its links with the community, by recognising the role these external organisations and individuals make in supporting the development of our region."

The outstanding partners were presented with a trophy and certificate of appreciation by University Chancellor John Phillips at a ceremony last Thursday night at Parramatta's Carlton Hotel.

They include:

1. Award for Excellence in Partnership, Private Enterprise

Highly Commended
Hawkesbury City Council (joint project with Infomaster)

2. Award for Excellence in Partnership, Local Government
Penrith City Council

3. Award for Excellence in Partnership, Government Organisation
Migration Heritage Centre

4. Award for Excellence in Partnership, Community Organisation
Wesley Dalmar Child and Family Centre

5. Award for Excellence in Partnership, Individual
Judy Reizes from the Manly Environment Centre

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