His Excellency Noel Campbell, Australian Ambassador to Argentina, visited CMU Australia on 31 March 2017.
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Argentina (with accreditation to Paraguay and Uruguay), he was Assistant Secretary of the International Organisations Branch. Mr Campbell has also been Chief of Protocol and Deputy Legal Adviser at DFAT, Official Secretary to the Governor of New South Wales and Chef de Cabinet to the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He has served as Ambassador in Madrid, Abu Dhabi and Belgrade.
During his visit, Ambassador Campbell spoke about the political and economic changes in Argentina during the past year. Since President Mauricio Macri was sworn into office in 2015, the economy has opened up with the removal of export taxes on agricultural products and cross-border transfers. These changes are having positive impacts with a decrease in inflation and stronger economic growth for 2017.
Ambassador Campbell also highlighted the need for technology expertise as many older industries have changed or became obsolete. He added that there is a potential for stronger collaboration between Argentine and Australian institutions.
Carnegie Mellon University in Australia currently has strategic partners scholarship arrangements with Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Instituto Technologico de Buenos Aires and Universidad de San Andres.