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.