Ken Hall led WAIT’s first offshore education venture in partnership with the Marketing Institute of Singapore, a forerunner of Curtin’s extensive international activities of today. A lecture theatre was named after him and the Ken Hall Medal is presented to the best graduating honours student in the Curtin Business School each year.
Ken Hall was born in England and completed certificates in mechanical and production engineering, working in the engineering industry before shifting to economics, management and manpower economics. He held academic positions at the Birkenhead College of Technology, the Liverpool Polytechnic, The University of Liverpool and the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he headed a manpower student research unit.
Hall joined WAIT in 1979 and established new departments for business law and economics and finance. He overcame criticism that WAIT’s business programs were inappropriate to an institute of technology by pointing out the essential symbiosis between business and technology, and later led WAIT’s first offshore education venture in partnership with the Marketing Institute of Singapore, a forerunner of Curtin’s extensive international activities of today and a factor in the Institute’s successful bid for university status.
Ken Hall is one of 14 Curtin history makers being profiled on a collection of limited edition coffee cups released as part of Curtin University’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations. The cups will be available at most coffee shop outlets on the Bentley campus during August and October.