Update from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Over the last few months I have been privileged to meet with Monash alumni in cities around the world, including London, New York, San Francisco and Shanghai. In each place...

Over the last few months I have been privileged to meet with Monash alumni in cities around the world, including London, New York, San Francisco and Shanghai.

In each place they have been interested to hear about Monash and meet fellow alumni.

They also have many creative ideas about ways to give back to Monash.

In New York a group of senior alumni, Sue Fennessy, Patrick Loftus-Hills, Anne Valentine Andrews and Karl Redenbach, sponsored eight students to spend a week in New York meeting with senior people across many organisations, from Bloomberg to the UN.

The impact of this program on the students was profound. And the generosity and engagement of the alumni who supported them and have committed to continuing support for an annual program for Monash students in New York is amazing. Read more about the program.

In India and China – countries where we have major relationships - the possibilities are immense. Already there are alumni from Monash forging their way in these countries and their presence complements the highly-educated researchers we have working in industries there.

In Europe and North America, our alumni are part of many major organisations, as well as active in building start-ups from technology to media to finance.

They demonstrate how enterprising Monash’s graduates can be, fuelling new ideas and approaches.

In my meetings with them I encountered many graduates whose accomplishments would inspire our students.

And they in turn were inspired by some of the examples of high quality Monash research that we shared.

As we bring these communities of Monash alumni closer together we will be able to increase the impact of Monash research and education in the world.

Regards

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor