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Interviewer: Today, I'm interviewing Professor Peter Eddey who's provost at
the TOP Education Institute in
Australia and was previously the head of the business school.
Just to provide a little context,
if I may ask you Professor Eddey,
I know that you have an accountancy background,
but what's the route that you took to becoming provost at TOP?
Prof. Eddey: Yes, it's been a fairly long path.
I started out as a university student in the late 1960s,
and I've always enjoyed learning and I really have never left university in a way.
Although I've done other things in conjunction with university work,
mainly in the area of consulting and working with corporates on special projects.
But by and large, I've been in the university system and for very many years,
it was a traditional path of teaching and research of course,
and you get involved in academic management.
I seem to have a bit of a knack of picking the next big idea or the next big thing in
studies and I ended up developing a number
of courses, particularly post-graduate courses.
As a result of that, I started to be the person in charge and I ran them,
and then I found the staff,
and all of a sudden,
I was an academic manager. Teaching,
and the research dropped away a bit, well, a lot really,
towards the later part of my career at
Macquarie University where I was there for 33 years.
Then after that, I decided to start
a second life by moving to the private higher education sector,
and that's why I'm with TOP Education.