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23 July, 2004 MIN817/04


I congratulate Michael Leahy from the University of New England and Shane West from the University of Technology, Sydney who have tonight been recognised by the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) for their outstanding contributions to teaching building industry related courses.

Through its Professional Excellence Awards, the AIB acknowledges the efforts of those individuals and institutions exhibiting the highest standards in the management, research and development of courses for the building industry.

In addition to those individuals commended for their teaching abilities, the awards recognised the development of outstanding Bachelor and Master’s degree level programs as well as building industry focused research excellence. The courses recognised tonight have been developed across five NSW universities - the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Newcastle, University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Sydney.

The construction industry makes an enormous contribution to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product - 6.3% in 2002-03; it is a contribution heavily underpinned by the development of courses such as those recognised by the AIB tonight.

Today there are more than 20,000 Australians acquiring university qualifications in construction, and more than 62,000 Australians acquiring vocational education and training qualifications in construction, an increase of 2.3% since 2002 and 9% since 1997 respectively. Last year alone, the Australian Government provided nearly $38 million in

incentives to employers of more than 44,000 New Apprentices in building and construction industries. The total number of New Apprentices in training in building and construction industries has increased 10% over the last twelve months. The number of commencements in building and construction industries has also risen by 26% over the same period.

I commend all of this evening’s winners and make special note of the conferring on the former Chief Justice of New South Wales, Sir Lawrence Street, of an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his support for and services to the Institute. Sir Lawrence joins HRH Prince Philip as one of only five individuals to be bestowed with this honour.

A complete list of award winners is attached.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Robin Poke 0412 738 087

Professional Excellence Awards - NSW Chapter, Australian Institute of Building

Chapter Medals to AIB Accredited Bachelor Degree Programmes

● Ben-Lee Oo, Bachelor of Building Construction Management, University of New

South Wales ● Cameron Davidson, Bachelor of Construction Management (Building), University of

Newcastle ● Richard McArdle, Bachelor of Building in Construction Management, University of

Technology, Sydney ● Jenny Ku Sy En, Bachelor of Building in Construction Economics, University of

Technology, Sydney ● Justin O’Sullivan, Bachelor of Building, University of Western Sydney

Chapter Medals to AIB Endorsed Master Degree Programmes

● Alan Dale, Master of Construction Management, University of New South Wales

● Mahmoud Amin, Master of Design Science (Facilities Management), University of

Sydney ● Adriana Graces Valencia, Master of Design Science (Building), University of Sydney

● Johan Overbeeke, Master of Design Science (Building Services), University of

Sydney ● Azza Hassanin, Master of Building Surveying, University of Western Sydney

● Stuart Henry Barnes, Master of Fire Safety Engineering, University of Western


Chapter Medals for Research

● Marcus Jefferies, Master of Building, “Risk and Critical Success Factors in the Build-

Own-Operate-Transfer Approach”, University of Newcastle ● Swapan Kumar Saha, Doctor of Philosophy, “Predicting realistic performance rates

and optimum inspection rates in construction”, University of Western Sydney

Ron Swane (AM) Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching

● Michael Leahy, University of New England - Vocation Teaching, Australian

Qualification Framework Levels 4, 5 and 6 ● Shane West, University of Technology, Sydney - University Teaching, Australian

Qualification Framework Levels 7-10 (Bachelor to Masters)