Ambassadors for Murdoch

March 30, 2017

Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen with Australian Ambassadors, from left to right, Mark Sawers, James Larsen and Miles Armitage

Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen with Australian Ambassadors, from left to right, Mark Sawers, James Larsen and Miles Armitage

Murdoch University hosted three special visitors today, with the arrival of Australia’s Ambassadors to Turkey, Jordan and Ethiopia, the African Union and Djibouti.

The ambassadors visited Murdoch’s Perth campus to learn more about the University’s research and innovation, learning and teaching capabilities so that they can become advocates for the University in the countries where they represent Australia.

James Larsen is the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, Miles Armitage is the Ambassador to Jordan and Mark Sawers is Australia’s envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the African Union and Djibouti.

The ambassadors met with staff and students, including Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen, and toured facilities.

They are three of seven senior diplomats who are visiting organisations, institutes, businesses and community groups in Perth this week to learn more about innovations and expertise they can showcase when they return to their countries.

Professor Leinonen said: “As a global university tackling the key challenges facing the world, we were delighted to welcome the ambassadors onto campus.

“They have seen first-hand what Murdoch can offer and we hope this will help us build partnerships and collaborations in their countries.”

The senior diplomats are in Australia as part of the Global Heads of Mission meeting – the first time Australia has brought together all Australian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General to consider the emerging challenges and opportunities facing the country.

The Ambassadors toured The Animal Hospital and the College of Veterinary Medicine to meet researchers and learn about their innovations in animal and human health.

Later, Mr Larsen shared his insights on his life as Ambassador and the role of diplomacy in the modern age with students and staff at a seminar hosted by the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

Mr Armitage also met with chemical engineering researcher Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh and Jordanian PhD student Jomana Al-Nu’airat.

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