Minister for Higher Education Meegan Fitzharris and I today acknowledge the contribution Professor Deep Saini has made to the University of Canberra, and our city, as Vice-Chancellor.
For the past two and a half years, Professor Saini has played a key role in UC’s evolution, further establishing the institution as a highly ranked university, providing exceptional education to its students and conducting world-class research.
Professor Saini’s commitment to our city, his energy and enthusiasm for learning have been highly valued, not just by students, but also to the ACT Government’s VC Forum, driving even greater collaboration with other higher education partners in Canberra.
As a leader in our community, Professor Saini has been known for his academic credentials and his drive to advance UC’s international reputation during his tenure.
Minister Fitzharris said it was a privilege to join Professor Saini recently for the official opening of the Melanie Swan Memorial Translational Centre at UC.
“Professor Saini’s leadership and commitment to getting the Melanie Swan Memorial Translational Centre up and running highlighted his passion for research and improving peoples’ lives.
“Cancer research is so vital, and it’s wonderful that UC has been able to establish this ground-breaking new research centre, which will allow doctors to test if a cancer has spread, and is a moving memorial to local mum Melanie Swan who passed away in 2016.
“From medical research to sport, Professor Saini has played an important role also in supporting UC sports teams, especially the Canberra Capitals. I know he will miss the excitement of those games.
“The ACT community thanks Professor Saini for all his work and we know we will continue to have a close friend in Canada when he returns to his family. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours, and in the meantime we look forward to continuing to work with Professor Saini over coming months,” said Minister Fitzharris.