ECU and City share vision for future

ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan, Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at the business forum.
ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan, Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at the business forum.

Dr Cowan, the grand nephew of Edith Cowan, spoke about some of the research being undertaken at ECU and looked at ways the university could �contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Joondalup�.

�Our aim is to be recognised by our business and industry partners as providing a five-star experience for employers, local business and the broader community,� he said.

�We will only do that through close collaboration with business partners and by producing results which add value to our communities.�

He said one example was the recently-opened health centre at Wanneroo.

�ECU and the City of Wanneroo identified a need then grasped an opportunity to develop an improved community based health service,� he said. �The health centre is delivering additional health services to Joondalup and Wan-eroo, taking quite a lot of pressure off the Joondalup Health Campus.

�It also provides benefit to our students by offering an opportunity to gain practical experience in their chosen field of health studies.�

He also talked about the university�s research projects with the WA Police, the Australian Institute of Criminology, pre-natal healthcare professionals and the City, which has partnered with the university�s security research institute to conduct free cyber safety workshops.

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt praised the relationship between the City and the university.

�My industry peers in WA, the eastern states and New Zealand envy the relationship that the City of Joondalup has with ECU,� he said.