The University of Newcastle, Australia

Read more about David's story

With an extensive career behind him before joining the University of Newcastle (UON), business lecturer Dr David Cunneen is embracing the world-class teaching facilities at UON Sydney. Before joining UON's academic staff, Dr Cunneen spent 14 years with CSR Limited and worked in the Australian IT industry, helping to launch several successful businesses. It was this success in business and passion for knowledge that led Dr Cunneen to academia.

"Knowledge is always bounded by the environment in which you're operating whether it's the country, region or industry. That environment is changing faster than ever and I often tell my students that we live in an era described by management guru Charles Handy of rapid, volatile, discontinuous change and the rate of change is escalating. The term 'life-long learning' is very real."

Dr Cunneen describes strategic management as one of his main areas of interest and enjoys working with students to help them access the world's leading theories, principles and models.

"The models we use are also changing. New theories are emerging all the time so we help students to understand these concepts so they can become the CEOs and leaders of tomorrow."

The location of the Newcastle Business School at UON Sydney, in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) is something Dr Cunneen feels will offer significant benefits to students.

"We're right in the heart of this most beautiful city. UON has a strong international reputation overseas and students coming here will benefit from different cultural experiences. I also consider our staff to be world-class and I think together that's a compelling combination."

With world-class educators, collaborative learning spaces, and state-of-the-art facilities, UON Sydney is set to become one of Australia's most innovative learning environments.