Every day I am inspired by the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters. Thank you.
Thanks to the continued growth in support from donors like you, there are more than 21,000 people who have supported the University by giving through Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.
In 2016 alone, you have given an extraordinary sum of more than $120 million to support the mission of teaching, research and engagement.
Building on this success, the University has set itself two new goals: to raise $1 billion and to have more than 100,000 alumni engaged in the life of our University by 2021.
An exciting moment in 2016 was one of the largest philanthropic contributions to an Australian university ever, a gift from Atlantic Philanthropies to establish the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity. This program will see a new generation of Indigenous leaders work together to redress social disadvantage.
The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity will see a new generation of Indigenous leaders work together to redress social disadvantage.
At the year’s end we also said thank you to Mr Allan Myers AC QC who has stepped down as Chair of the Campaign, to take up his new role of Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He has been an inspirational leader for the Campaign since its inception, and I thank Mr Myers for his passionate belief that the University can stand equal to the best in the world.
We welcome into the role of Chair of the Campaign alumnus Mr Leigh Clifford AO. Mr Clifford is the Chairman of Qantas and has served as Deputy Chair of the Campaign. In 2015, he and his family established a chair in neural engineering to foster the intersection between new technologies and healthcare.
Inside these pages are a number of stories highlighting the impact of your support as a donor – from our world-changing research to the achievements of our exceptionally talented students.
On behalf of the University, I thank you for your belief in the University’s work.