Philanthropist awarded honorary doctorate

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Deputy Chancellor Christine Nixon with Dr Pauline Gandel

Prominent philanthropist Dr Pauline Gandel has been awarded a Monash honorary doctorate for her extensive work for philanthropic causes through fundraising and contributions to charitable funds.

Through Gandel Philanthropy, Dr Gandel, with her husband John, has distributed millions of dollars to initiatives dealing with a wide range of Jewish and Australian causes.

Deputy Chancellor Christine Nixon conferred the Doctor of Laws honoris causa on Dr Gandel in recognition for her philanthropic contributions.

Vice-Chancellor Ed Byrne commends Dr Gandel for her invaluable contributions to causes vital to Australia's development.

"The doctorate honours Dr Gandel as a celebrated member of the community in recognition of her outstanding philanthropic spirit and efforts," Professor Byrne said.

Involved in many areas of the Australian philanthropic sector ranging from medicine to research, Dr Gandel has led many initiatives and raised millions of dollars for funding and support.

Instrumental in establishing the first Australian gallery devoted to Japanese art, Dr Gandel has played a major part in aiding efforts to strengthen cultural bonds between Australia and Japan.

Dr Gandel received the Commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan for her considerable contribution to promotion of Japanese culture in Australia, establishing her work as invaluable to the Australia's international relations.

Dr Gandel's philanthropic work has also extended to medical and research fields, including implementation of revolutionary medical machines at the Gandel Women's Imaging Centre at the Royal Women's Hospital.

The John & Pauline Gandel Charitable Trust has provided instrumental support for many research projects around Australia by giving funding and equipment needed for medical and research efforts.

A Life Governor of Vision Australia and Patron for the Centenary Appeal for Vision Australia, Dr Gandel helped raised $7.5 million for the organisation. She raised $1.6 million through an initiative to support Vision Australia as well as the Jewish Museum of Australia by creating an opportunity shop.