2018 is a very significant year for Monash, marking the 60th anniversary of the University’s foundation. Our transformation over those two generations has been remarkable – if not unprecedented – from a new suburban campus to one of the most international universities in the world.
In Monash Life we reflect on the invaluable contributions our alumni have made to their communities in the past year.
Every year, thousands of students graduate from Monash to become pioneers and leaders in their fields worldwide. Several wonderful examples of alumni are celebrated in this edition. Alumna Joanne Lao explains how she built a top-ranking creative and digital agency in China, Carolyn Cresswell shares her inspiration and experiences as the founder of Carman’s Fine Foods, and we catch up with Anna Burke, former Speaker of the House of Representatives. We also mark the appointment of Monash’s inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Professor Jacinta Elston.
Monash was founded for the benefit of the community, and Monash alumni continue to make a unique and transformative contribution to social justice and inclusion. Michael Devine and Greg McMahon share how they are pioneering bold new programs to build opportunities for students in Victorian schools. We also explore how architect Dan McKenna and occupational therapist Dr Di Winkler are providing invaluable support for residents of socially inclusive housing.
We catch up with our international space innovators, Mark Fittock and Adam Gilmour, to learn of their remarkable projects underway in Germany and Singapore, as well as Dr Megan Clark AC, who was recently appointed interim head of the new Australian Space Agency. Peter Coleman, CEO of Woodside, also shares insights into his significant global career and commitment to innovation.
And we recognise the many distinguished award recipients within our alumni community, including special mention to Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AM, Monash alumnus and 2017 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Our global community of Monash alumni is now nearly 360,000 members strong across 155 countries. I encourage all of you to stay connected with one another, and with Monash, as we work to prepare a new generation for the opportunities and challenges that await us in the decades ahead.