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Filed under UoN ~ by Press on  25 Nov 2019

Local researchers shine in global Highly Cited Researchers list

Recognising their significant research influence, four University of Newcastle researchers have been announced as Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science Group.

The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies global research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence, reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade.

Global Innovation Chair and Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, Professor Ravi Naidu, is listed in the cross-field category. Professor Naidu is a global leader in contamination studies, studying agricultural and industrial impacts on the environment.

Professor David Lubans, who is an NHMRC Research Fellow with the School of Education, is listed for the social sciences category. Focused on improving the health and wellbeing of young people, his research explores the benefits of physical activity for that demographic.

Researching sustainable approaches to maintain soil health, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Nanthi Bolan, has been recognised in the environment and ecology category. Breaking new ground in soil science research, Professor Bolan is aiming to create new products to increase soil fertility and agricultural production. 

Affiliate researcher, Conjoint Associate Professor Saskia Keesstra, is also included in the cross-field category. 

Wi-Fi 6 launch keeps University of Newcastle at the front of tech for Higher Education

The University of Newcastle is introducing the world’s latest Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 6, to its campuses from November 2019, just two months after the technology became available. 

While Wi-Fi 6 has the potential to be 40% faster than its predecessor Wi-Fi 5, its biggest attribute is its capacity to support multiple devices in congested areas.

The Auchmuty Library, Callaghan, where the roll out is commencing, can see as many as 4,000 students visiting per day who are often running two devices at a time through the University Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi 6 installation will double the total number of Wi-Fi access points in the Auchmuty library and Wi-Fi 5 is being retained to support any devices not compatible with this latest technology.

Other highly populated areas such as the Shortland Union building and Huxley Library at Callaghan, and the Ourimbah library are among those on the University’s Wi-Fi 6 roll out plan, so students can expect to see a significant enhancement to the University’s Wi-Fi service.

Such quick adoption places the University as one of the first to install Wi-Fi 6 in the Greater Newcastle region and higher education sector in Australia, as well as one of the early adopters globally. 

The University has a track record of leading the tech space within the higher education sector. There is a strong history of creating award-winning technology solutions to enhance student learning and the University experience, as well as being first to offer students the latest technology advancements¹.

The University of Newcastle’s Chief Information Officer, Mr Anthony Molinia, said the introduction of world-leading and emerging technologies would enrich students’ learning.

“This is part of a broader strategic plan that will see Wi-Fi 6 rolled out across a number of premises in 2020,” Mr Molinia said.

“We’re absolutely committed to giving our students access to the latest technology which enables them to study more effectively, gives them a chance to learn hands-on and helps them prepare for the kind of workforce environments they’ll be moving into when they finish uni.”

“Universities also have a role to play in the local community’s economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. Ensuring we provide a technology environment which enables our world leading research capability to flourish, manages our environmental impact and allows innovation to thrive is key to this.

The University’s technology approach supports the City of Newcastle’s award winning Smart City Strategy, Lake Macquarie Council’s Smart City, Smart Council approach to supporting innovation and the desired role of the University in the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan.

International students celebrate successes as they farewell Newcastle

International and foreign exchange students will say their goodbyes to Newcastle, ready to make their mark on the world.

More than 100 international and study abroad and exchange students will be farewelled at an event hosted by UON Global on Tuesday. Students heading home come from a range of countries, 33 of which come from India, Malaysia, China, Nepal and Pakistan.

Held at Merewether Surfhouse, paying homage to their coastal home away from home, the event is a chance to recognise the students’ achievements and contributions to the Newcastle region.

Presentations on the night include a send-off by staff, thanking students. Students will also hear from fellow departing peers about becoming global ambassadors, welcoming them into the UON Alumni Network, which is made up of students from 146 countries.

University of Newcastle to launch African research centre

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019 

Time: 6pm, with formal proceedings beginning at 6:30pm

Venue: Atrium of the Industry Development Centre (IDC) Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308

The University of Newcastle will launch a new centre on Wednesday to drive Australia-Africa research and innovation, with the hope of improving life in both continents.

The launch will include African drumming and dance performances and a panel debate on how universities and government in Australia and African can engage more deeply to solve common problems and share knowledge.

The event will be attended by guests including:

  • Her Excellency Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, Ugandan High Commissioner to Australia
  • Her Excellency Ms Tirfu Kidanemariam Gebrehiwet, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Ms. Vivian Asempapa, Deputy Head of Mission and Minister, High Commission of the Republic of Ghana 
  • Dr Robyn Biti, Director, Middle East and Africa Partnerships, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Centre will be launched by University Vice-Chancellor Professor, Alex Zelinsky AO, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President Global Engagement & Partnerships, Professor Kevin Hall, and the Centre’s director, Chris Kewley.



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