Dr Ian Whyte (left) and Gerald Lipman (right) accompanied Neil Balnaves AC and Professor Maddocks on a whistle-stop tour of the campus on 13 June, before the four sat down to a more formal meeting.
Charles Darwin University (CDU) acquired ICHM from the founding Lipman family on 31 January 2017. ICHM continues to function under its current management and all existing staff remain, including Mr Lipman, who has been Chief Executive since 1998.
CDU has representation on ICHM’s College Council and Academic Board.
Gerald Lipman said while ICHM has been growing as a private provider, ownership by a university of CDU’s stature helps tremendously going forward. ‘CDU will provide ICHM with enhanced engagement in higher education, continuity and the potential for growth and development in its educational offerings.’
Professor Maddocks, said he welcomed the addition of ICHM to the university, which currently comprised 11 campuses and centres located across the Northern Territory and in Sydney and Melbourne.
‘ICHM has a great reputation within the tourism and hospitality industry, which is an important sector not only in the Northern Territory, but also in the greater Australasian region that the university serves.
‘CDU’s strengths in hospitality and tourism mean we have obvious synergies with ICHM, and our online capacity in business and management programs add new opportunities to develop capability for these sector’, Professor Maddocks said.
CDU, which has its headquarters in Darwin, retained its position among the world’s top 300 universities in Times Higher Education’s 2016 World University Rankings. Times Higher Education also placed CDU in joint 31st position in its 2016 rankings of the best 150 universities in the world aged less than 50 years.