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Message from the Vice Chancellor December 2017

The spotlight has certainly been on our graduates over the last month with a number of significant achievements both at home and internationally.

It was my privilege to attend the recent announcement of the 2018 Sir John Monash Scholars at the Sydney Opera House where Emma Dale, a Bachelor of Science with Honours graduate and a Griffith University Medal winner, was successful in receiving a Scholarship. Launched in 2003, the Sir John Monash Scholarships are now Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarship program, selecting the nation’s finest young leaders and equipping them for their future role through postgraduate education at leading international universities. Emma will be undertaking an MPhil in Zoology at the University of Oxford. We wish her every success in these studies.

Griffith also had two winners at the Australia China Alumni Association awards announced on 25 November. Harry Harding (a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Applied Linguistics graduate in 2011) took out the Young Alumni of the Year, while Professor Wenjun Ma (a Master of Science in Public Health graduate in 2008) won the Research and Innovation award. Professor Jianhong Xia (another Master of Science in Public Health graduate from 2008) was a finalist in the Women in Leadership category. Congratulations to Harry and Professors Ma and Xia on this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding contributions to their communities.

With the outcomes of the recent Queensland State election finalised, I am pleased to report that 12 Griffith alumni were successful in winning seats. I extend a warm congratulations to all our newly elected MPs, with a special mention to Griffith Law School graduate Meaghan Scanlon who in taking the seat of Gaven became the youngest female MP in Queensland’s history. Meaghan was also appointed Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development.

In closing this last newsletter message for 2017, I would like to wish you and your families the very best for the upcoming festive season. As alumni you play a key role in the life of the University and I thank you for your wonderful support throughout another successful year.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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