Message from the Vice Chancellor November 2018

Griffith University’s reputation for deep engagement with Asia, through alumni, student mobility and scholarship, was reinforced several times during the month of November.

The 10th Australia-China Alumni Awards (ACAA) held in Beijing recognise the outstanding accomplishments of Australian university graduates based in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

It was a big night for Griffith alumni with eight finalists – more than any other Australian university. Amongst our finalists, Dr Jennifer Cronin and Professor Cunrui Huang won their respective categories.

Dr Cronin won the Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement for her incredible leadership in Asia and Australia’s hospitality sector. Dr Cronin is president of Wharf Hotels, a premium hotel company with 15 hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Professor Cunrui Huang won the Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Science for his remarkable work in public health research and climate change. Professor Huang has produced a large volume of publications in top scientific journals and won multiple grants. He is also chair of Sun Yat-sen University’s Health Policy and Management Department.

I am also delighted to report that four Griffith students have been successful in receiving prestigious 2019 New Colombo Plan Scholarships. The Scholarships are awarded by the Australian Government to recognise high-achieving students who show a commitment to their community and potential as a future leader. Griffith’s outstanding track record in securing New Colombo Plan scholarships reveals a strong pipeline of Asia-engaged graduates.

In other Alumni news, I was delighted to welcome more than 90 industry and community partners to the Gold Coast campus for the launch of the Centre for Creative Industries. Griffith alumnus Louise Bezzina, CEO of the Bleach Festival officially opened the Centre which will host our new Bachelor of Creative Industries degree from 2019.  The Centre and degree program will provide a fabulous vehicle for Griffith to create new employment opportunities and to deepen our community engagement with arts and cultural partners and stakeholders.

Finally, in a fitting end to the year, The U.S. News Best Global Universities 2019, provided a breakthrough ‘Top 250’ result for Griffith which is now ranked at 240th in the world, 11th in Australia and 2nd in Queensland.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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