Elite but not elitist

22 July 2008

In his inaugural address Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence says that Sydney's mission is to be an elite but not elitist university.

"In a time of change the University needs a clear vision of its mission and core values."

Speaking tonight before a packed audience in the University's Great Hall, Dr Spence said those values are truth, education and self-government.

"We probably need something more as well. And we are lucky at Sydney because we have it in abundance. We need a commitment to the place, and a strong belief in what we do," he said.

A graduate of the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in English, Italian and Law (BA (Hons)'85 and LLB (Hons)'87), Dr Spence has spent the past twenty years at Oxford where he served as head of the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford and most recently, was Head of the Social Sciences Division, one of the four Divisions that make up the University.

Dr Spence is the 25th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

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