Ejanul's Message, 5 December 2013

My sincere thanks to Vice President PDG John Davis for working as acting President last week and for running our weekly meeting. I am sure everything went well and our guest speaker, Dr. Alex Cockram, CEO, Western Health Foundation enjoyed her visit to our club. As I mentioned earlier we look forward to continuing work with Western Health and I look for- ward to further possible collaboration in future. Simonne Michelle-Wells, Trusts, Foundations & Corporate Relations Manager, Western Health Foundation contacted me last week and we discussed a possible collaborative project along with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and (MFB). She sent me a project proposal to consider for their Hoarding and Squalor Program. We will discuss this at our next Board meeting and let you all know about the outcomes. I believe it will be a good project for our club.

As I mentioned last week, I attended the RMIT Teaching and Research Awards ceremony on Thursday and it was a great pleasure to receive the “TAFE Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2013” Award for sustained commitment to making Mathematics relevant and understandable in vocational courses. It was one of the happiest moments of my life when I received the prestigious award from RMIT in front of my family, friends and so many distinguished guests, teachers from RMIT as well as from outside. I am thankful to my students, parents and family for their continuous help and support.

On Friday, last week, at RMIT we had our College of Science, Engineering and Health ‘Teaching and Learning Forum’. Professor Ian Chubb, Australian Chief Scientist, was the keynote speaker. He gave a brilliant talk related to teaching and learning and emphasised the challenges our nation is facing in educating the kids, especially on motivating them in the Sciences, Engineering and Health. Surprisingly, in many schools, students are taught science subjects by teachers who do not have a recognised science degree. Professor Chubb further stressed the need for industry collaboration with the students whilst doing their university degrees and all the universities should adjust/update their curriculum accordingly. At RMIT we do have strong industry collaboration in most of the courses and we’re still working to improve it. At the forum, I was awarded the ‘Student Choice Teaching Award 2013’ which was nominated by the students for being an outstanding teacher who made a difference to their learning experience and outcomes. This award came as a big surprise as it is usually not announced until the last minute.

This Thursday, I am looking forward to celebrating our club’s Christmas Dinner Party with you all. Please come along with your family and friends and let’s together make it grand.

Please enjoy your week, stay connected and work hard and let's together reshape our society, our world better.

Regards, Ejanul