Australian High Commissioner to address graduates
Thursday, 18 March 2010
The largest graduation ceremony ever hosted by the University of Adelaide in Singapore will take place this Saturday 20 March when 193 students from 13 different countries will receive their parchments at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Centre.
Australia's High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Mr Doug Chester, will address the record number of graduates at the 2pm ceremony, which will be attended by a number of Singapore VIPs and the Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, the Hon. John von Doussa QC.
This will be the last Singapore ceremony Mr von Doussa will preside over as Chancellor, prior to his stepping down from the role in July after six years. He is a former Chair of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and former Federal Court Judge. Mr von Doussa will be the guest of honour at two dinners in Singapore this weekend to recognise his contribution to one of Australia's finest universities.
This weekend's graduates include three PhD students and 13 prizewinners from the University's programs offered in Singapore at the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.
Countries represented at this Saturday's ceremony include Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Nepal, China, Mauritius, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia.
The Head of the Command and Staff Training Centre at the Singapore Civil Defence Academy, Mr Noor Azlan, will be the macebearer at the ceremony. Mr Azlan received two High Distinctions and six Distinctions in his Master of Project Management course at Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.
His qualification from the University of Adelaide will assist in his role to help train people from all over the world in the areas of disaster management, command and control, and emergency response, including fire fighting, rescue and ambulance services.
The University of Adelaide has been offering education programs in Singapore in conjunction with its partner Ngee Ann Kongsi for the past 12 years. Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia's third oldest university and carries a five-star rating for prestige.
Currently ranked 81 in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement, the University is associated with five Nobel Prize winners, 102 Rhodes Scholars and 104 Fulbright Scholars.