The University of Tasmania this afternoon announced that Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen will leave his position later this year to undertake the position of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Adelaide.

Clark Cooley, President of the Tasmania University Union said “Professor Rathjen’s legacy will be a forever changed future for Tasmania. He leaves behind a strong vision of what Tasmania can be when it embraces education.”

“While other universities have chosen to leave regional areas around Australia the University of Tasmania, under the leadership of Professor Rathjen, has not only continued to operate in the North-West and Northern Tasmania but has expanded its operations, built new campuses, and reshaped its degree structures to better align with a population that has never had the opportunity to attain a tertiary education”

“Professor Rathjen’s vision for ‘university cities’ will be his longest lasting legacy. A vision that has the potential to transform our major cities into thriving places for business and commerce, creative arts and design, medical research, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics”

Mr. Cooley continued “As the university undertakes a process to select a new Vice-Chancellor we’ll continue to advocate for a replacement that shares the vision of the limitless potential for the state when it puts education first”

The Tasmania University Union (TUU) was founded in 1899 as the representative body for all students of the University of Tasmania. The TUU seeks to advance the rights and protect the interests of students by ensuring the their voices are heard by parliamentarians, policy makers, university leadership and the wider community.
Clark Cooley, President, Tasmania University Union