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The University of Melbourne has appointed two senior staff to help lead the Faculty of the VCA and Music, following the University’s response last week to the Switkowski review.

A new Centre for Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne will be launched by Australian of the Year and Director of the Orygen Youth Mental Health Centre, Professor Patrick McGorry, tomorrow, 22 July at 8pm.

Several survivors of the Holocaust now living in Melbourne, have met with director Harald Fuhrmann and student actors currently cast in the play Ghetto by Israeli writer Joshua Sobol, to explore the legacy of the Holocaust, and the story of the infamous Vilna Ghetto.

Recently, The Age reported in ‘DNA first gives hope on genetic diseases’ (see here)that research by Newcastle University in the UK had shown that embryos created with two mothers may offer a breakthrough that could eradicate a host of hereditary diseases.

The University of Melbourne today received the report of the intensive five-month stakeholder consultation on the future of its Faculty of the VCA and Music.

Four elite student musicians from the University of Melbourne are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they head to China to perform at the Shanghai World Expo.

World-renowned sitar player, composer, teacher and writer Ravi Shankar will receive the University of Melbourne’s highest honour -   the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) - at a special conferring ceremony at the University today (Friday 19 March).

Head of Performing Arts and former Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Professor Kristy Edmunds, has been appointed as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM),- in the University of Melbourne. She will take up the appointment  from 1 January  2010 while continuing to lead the School of Performing Arts.

Chair of Opera Australia and former Telstra CEO, Dr Ziggy Switkowski has agreed to be the independent chair of an open and extensive consultation and review of the Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM) at the University of Melbourne.

The Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM) and the University of Melbourne have today released a 30-page discussion paper, Defining the Future for the Faculty of the VCA and Music at the University of Melbourne.

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