Update from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Professor Margaret Gardner AO

A new year has arrived and with it, new opportunities for each of us to reflect on the accomplishments we have realised and our hopes and goals for the year ahead.

Monash was founded to benefit the community and, in the nearly six decades since it was founded, it is this principle more than any other that has guided our University’s growth and maturation. In this edition of the Alumni News – our first for 2017 – we showcase some of the finest achievements of our students, our supporters and our alumni as they endeavour to bring a positive and lasting impact to their communities, whether in Australia or overseas.

On 24 January, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy and alumnus of Monash, visited our Clayton campus to launch a multinational research project that will potentially improve the lives of the more than a billion people living in urban slums globally. Funded by a $14 million grant from the Wellcome Trust – with very significant further support from the Asian Development Bank – the five-year project will significantly advance human health  and  well-being in informal settlements by transforming water infrastructure, water management, and sanitation practices.

Monash graduates now occupy senior roles across every sector of industry, public service and government. This month we celebrate the contributions of 47 alumni who were recognised at the Australia Day Honours last month, including five who received the Order of Australia.

Regular readers of Alumni News will be familiar with our US Global Discovery Program, which every year provides some of our most talented and inspiring students the opportunity to visit the United States to meet with alumni and learn first-hand about their businesses and networks. This year we are pleased to  announce  that eight outstanding Monash students will also be flying to London to take part in an immersive seven day internship in the United Kingdom. This wonderful new initiative was made possible through the vision and generosity of the Monash Global Leaders’ Group UK.

On behalf of Monash University I would like to wish you the very best for 2017. We look forward to sharing more wonderful news, events and opportunities with you as the months unfold.


Professor Margaret Gardner AO

President and Vice-Chancellor