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Vice-Chancellor's Voice

I’d like to draw your attention to some of our staff’s efforts to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake.

The Science Faculty’s A/Professor Ram Pandit, from the village of Sange in Nepal, has been raising funds to help families in the Gorkha district. You can read Ram’s story in Forward Focus, below.

Next Monday night at the University Club, Professor James Trevelyan and Professor Samina Yasmeen have organised a fundraising auction with the support of UWA Nepalese students and the UWA Red Cross Club.

I urge you to please consider supporting these initiatives or to make a donation to the Australian Red Cross’ Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Of course, last night the Federal Treasurer also handed down his second budget. While it’s pleasing the Government has funded the NCRIS research infrastructure, it seems this has come at the expense of other programmes. We’ll be digesting exactly what this means for UWA over the coming weeks.

Professor Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

Forward Focus

Torment turns to tents in humanitarian disaster

Imagine the torment of finding out, when you were thousands of kilometres away in another country, that your parents’ village was not far from the epicentre of a massive earthquake. This is exactly what happened to Assistant Professor Ram Pandit from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

A/Professor Pandit
Agricultural & Resource Economics

8,000 people have been killed and 15,000 injured. Two million people are displaced and eight million affected

Little did A/Professor Pandit know, while he was enjoying the sunshine at tranquil Matilda Bay where the Nepalese community was celebrating a child’s birthday on ANZAC Day, that his home nation had been rocked by an 11.56am quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.

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