A Message from the Dean of Arts

Welcome to our third edition of ARTiculation for 2017.

In this edition, our focus is on internationalisation and the teaching, research and engagement opportunities realised by our network of colleagues around the world.

Continuing to support academic excellence, recruiting and retaining high quality researchers, and further diversifying our student profile remain among the top international priorities for our Faculty. Our global network of partners now extends from key markets in China and Indonesia and long established links with Universities in Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom, to new affiliations within Latin America.

This global reach is reflected in both our extensive alumni network and our academic and student body. It’s also demonstrated by the extensive opportunities we offer to study languages and the key role this plays in connecting our students internationally. Whether taken at undergraduate, or graduate level, through the Diploma in Languages, or as part of an overseas exchange experience, language proficiency opens doors to a range of global networks and careers.

Our position as a strong player in the international higher education sector was acknowledged by the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the University of Melbourne climbing six places to number 35 for Arts and Humanities. This is a significant achievement due in part to our success in attracting non-traditional forms of research funding and international outreach, coupled with considerable investment in research and teaching and learning.

In other exciting international developments, the Faculty recently launched a new Overseas Study Tour: Desert Minimalism to the New Louvre. Led by museum and curatorial studies specialists Associate Professor Christopher Marshall and Dr Georgina Walker, the tour encompasses a guided tour of the newly-opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi, curatorial talks in the homes of private collectors in Dubai and tours of regional artists’ studios. The program also takes in new museum and cultural developments in this rapidly expanding region. For further details please visit the tour page.

Our student profile in this edition of ARTiculation, focuses on Chukwuma Okonkwo, a Nigerian Masters student whose study at Melbourne is supported through a 110 Scholarship. A talented student, Chukwuma credits the scholarship for providing both the funding and the motivation to study with us. He anticipates returning to home equipped with the skills to build a successful career and contribute to the development of his country.

A significant priority for the Faculty over the next few years is to extend and further embed work-integrated learning, providing local and international opportunities for our students to undertake internships, corporate, community and not-for-profit placements and gain experiences that connect study with work. In his contribution to this edition, Dan Ginger (Master of International Relations and now KPMG consultant) highlights the importance of developing skills and attitudes that enable our graduates to adopt an international perspective in their professional work.

Finally in this edition, you can read Dr Daniel Halliday’s applies some ancient philosophical methods to modern dilemmas, arguing their relevance today is as central as ever.  I hope you enjoy this edition of ARTiculation.

Professor Mark Considine

Dean of Arts