Three ACT Election announcements have been made in recent days that are particularly important for ANU and education and training in the ACT more broadly.
First Chris Parish and his team have gained support from ACT Labor for a high profile chair in cancer research, based at The John Curtin School of Medical Research.
A sum of $1.5million has been committed for a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research, building on a proud history of cancer research at the John Curtin School.
The new Canberra Region Cancer Centre at the Canberra Hospital will greatly improve the quality of treatment for cancer patients in the Canberra region, but new therapies are desperately needed, and JCSMR researchers will be working on such therapies.
The Chair in Cancer Research is one of the high-profile, strategic research appointments being made by the University and this additional support will enhance the research impact of the position.
This is good news for ANU and John Curtin, but also for every family touched by the nation’s biggest killer.
ANU aims to conduct an extensive national and international search to ensure that a researcher of the highest quality is recruited to the position.
Secondly ACT Labor also announced a StudyCanberra policy, with the aim to turn the ACT into an education hub. The $2 million plan would capitalise on the wealth of education and training providers and options already in place in the ACT.
The proposal will bring a range of economic, social and education benefits to the Territory, and has grown from proposals developed by the ACT Learning Capital council, which I chair.
Benefits will include more students, from Australia and overseas, taking courses, enhanced research capacity and greater economic flow on the ACT and surrounding economy.
Thirdly, $1.7 million will go to a Science Centre at Mt Stromlo to provide opportunities for students to connect with maths and sciences.
Canberra is in the unique position to host schools from around the country and ANU is excited to join with the ACT Government to enhance knowledge in the fields important to the country’s economic future.
ANU welcomes investment in research and education in the ACT.