Update from the President and Vice-Chancellor - March 2015

One of the first tasks – and great pleasures – for a new Vice-Chancellor is getting to know the new University. Over the six months since I joined Monash, I...

One of the first tasks – and great pleasures – for a new Vice-Chancellor is getting to know the new University.

Over the six months since I joined Monash, I have met not only current staff and students but also partners in industry, government and community groups.

Among these meetings have been very rewarding discussions with Monash alumni.

I was recently in the UK for a series of meetings with Warwick University, our partner in a world-first whole-of-university alliance that is driving innovation in our research and education.

We are currently developing the UK chapter of our new Global Leadership Network of alumni, so while there I took the opportunity to meet with a number of our alumni in London. I hosted a dinner and a lunch, and met individually with 12 senior alumni who are now community and business leaders.

The people with whom I met were full of exciting ideas about ways they could help improve the experience for current and future students and increase the impact of our research.

Next month I will be visiting the US to meet with alumni including the members of the New York group of the Monash Global Leaders Network.

Led by alumna Sue Fennessy, this group has already come together to provide eight Monash students the opportunity to be part of an eight-day Global Discovery Program internship opportunity in the New York.

Motivated by her own Monash-sponsored visit to New York when she was a first-year student, Sue and her fellow alumni - Patrick Loftus-Hills, Anne Valentine-Andrews and Karl Redenbach - want to empower our students with the knowledge, skills and connections that enable them to excel on a world stage.

We thank the group for their initiative, foresight, and willingness to sponsor such an exciting program.

More information on this program will be available in the coming weeks.

Regards

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor