Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
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Professor Davis has been recognised for his leadership in higher education, including his role in promoting higher education at a national and international level, implementing the first major whole-of-university strategy (Growing Esteem) and curriculum overhaul of its kind, championing the engagement agenda and strengthening the University’s research effort, and progressing advancement activity by developing a highly successful philanthropic campaign - Believe - the Campaign for the University of Melbourne - and furthering alumni engagement.
The award was presented at CASE’s annual Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference in Hong Kong by President John Lippincott, who said Professor Davis was “a remarkable leader who is widely respected within the university, in higher education and publicly within the Australian community”.
Professor Davis said he was honoured to be recognised by an international organisation.
“This award is a reflection on the sustained effort of University staff in strengthening all aspects of its endeavour,” he said.
“Every member of the University community is responsible for the achievements we have made, including its strong international reputation and continued rankings success.”
The CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award recognises CASE member institutional heads, presidents, chancellors, system heads or other campus chief executive officers for outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement.