Update from the Executive Director

Your time at University creates a life-long bond with your classmates, teachers and fellow graduates. This has never been more evident than this year as many of our faculties and...

Your time at University creates a life-long bond with your classmates, teachers and fellow graduates.

This has never been more evident than this year as many of our faculties and programs celebrate their 50th anniversaries.

It was great to catch up with many of you at the Law Faculty’s recent 50th Gala Dinner. Our Faculty of Education will hold their 50-year Gala event in October. If you are a graduate I encourage you to attend and take the opportunity reconnect with friends. We look forward to sharing more reunion opportunities with you as more Faculties celebrate this milestone in the coming years.

I was fortunate to also meet with a number of our graduates during a recent trip to Singapore, the UK and the US. As well as being able to provide an update on the University's priorities and achievements, we also launched a US-based alumni leadership group. The group will help to establish a local alumni network as well as provide support and opportunities for current Monash students. We hope to soon launch similar groups in other key regions around the world to provide a means for alumni to engage with each other and the University. 

We’ve had an excellent response to our alumni outreach campaign which aims to raise support for student scholarships, research and Monash libraries. More than 60 students are calling alumni to talk about their time at Monash as well as let them know about ways they can get involved.

Most of our graduates are choosing to give to the Achieving Potential Fund. It is wonderful that you want to support students who may not otherwise have a chance to be a part of the Monash alumni community.

No group is probably more connected to Monash than The Pioneers - an informal association of former students, alumni and staff who studied at the University between 1961 and 1965. Earlier this year they launched a project to fund a sculpture of Sir John Monash at our Clayton campus - and they are well on their way to reaching their goal. Congratulations to the group and to those who have supported the campaign.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to outgoing President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne AC. Professor Byrne finishes at Monash at the end of this month to take up a role as Principal and President of King’s College London. Professor Byrne has overseen some wonderful achievements during his time at Monash.

On behalf of the alumni community, I wish Professor Byrne and his wife Melissa all the very best for the future.

Damien Farrell
Executive Director, External Relations, Development and Alumni