Education staff, students in historic celebration

[ UniNews Vol. 12, No. 15  25 August - 8 September 2003 ]

The University of Melbourne Faculty of Education held its largest-ever reunion recently, as part of the University’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

The occasion marked the first time staff and students from the Faculty’s past incarnations in predecessor institutions have gathered to celebrate, reminisce and pore over Faculty memorabilia spanning several decades.

The current Faculty of Education, a consolidation of various institutions, has had many changes of name and emphasis over the years, including the Melbourne Teachers’ College, the Secondary Teachers’ College (originally Training Centre), Melbourne College of Education, Technical Teachers’ College, Melbourne State College, Melbourne College of Advanced Education, Institute of Early Childhood Development, the Hawthorn Institute of Education and the Institute of Education.

The reunion was also an opportunity to celebrate the history and diversity of the teaching profession – and to meet industry experts and prospective employers and employees.

Students and staff from as far back as the 1930s attended the reunion, with two star students and long-time staffers of the Faculty – Professor Kwong Lee Dow and Professor Graham Corr – sharing memories from careers dedicated to education.

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