In Brief - Feb 2012

In Brief

Play AFL
UWS recently launched a partnership with the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS AFL team.

The club's second tier team, part of the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL), will take to the field in 2012 under the name of the UWS GIANTS – a first in the AFL.

The UWS GIANTS will play in the curtain raiser to the first match of the 2012 AFL Premiership Season between the GWS GIANTS and the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium on March 24.

Are you interested in playing AFL? Men, women and children can all play AFL – there are teams available for all right across Greater Western Sydney. There are 10 senior men's clubs, two women's clubs and 20 junior clubs all participating in competition on weekends across the region. More and more people are experiencing AFL and loving the game. Come and try any of the local clubs and become a part of a historic year as we welcome the GWS Giants into the AFL competition and our local communities.

Further information about playing AFL is available in the flyer attached.

'Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century' conference
The UWS Institute for Culture and Society, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies are hosting the 19th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). The conference will be held on Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July, 2012 on the Parramatta campus.

The conference will encourage reflection on shifts in the field of Asian studies, both in Australia and internationally. For more information about the conference download the flyer.

Interested staff members can submit an individual paper or full panel proposal online for the conference by Tuesday 13 March 2012.

Chilean education leaders visit UWS
Four early childhood educators from Antofagasta visited Sydney in mid February to participate in an intensive study tour organised by the UWS School of Education.

The educators are leading the expansion of the Futuro Infantil Hoy (FIH) program in Calama, Antofagasta and Tocopilla in northern Chile. FIH is an early childhood education program focussed on children's early literacy and family participation developed by staff in the School of Education at UWS.

UWS project leader, Associate Professor Christine Woodrow says the extensive program included visits to a variety of early childhood centres, master classes and seminars. The educators also conducted a presentation about their implementation of FIH while in Sydney.