Message from the Vice Chancellor September 2018

It has been a busy month of celebration for our alumni community with our PhD reunion, celebrating 40 years of PhDs at Griffith and the inaugural Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards.

I was delighted to announce Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM as the winner of the Griffith University Outstanding Alumnus Award. Commissioner Carroll has a distinguished public safety career in policing and the fire service and became Australia's first female fire commissioner in 2015. She has been a pioneer for women in the policing and fire services and a role model to women and girls aspiring to pursue similar careers.

The University also made awards to exceptional alumni in the categories of Outstanding International Alumnus, Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus, and Outstanding Young Alumnus.

The PhD and Doctorate Alumni reunion event, which celebrated Griffith's 40-year history of PhDs, also provided those of us in attendance with the opportunity to gain insights from our very first PhD graduate, Professor Peter Coaldrake AO DUniv.

In a truly remarkable month for the University, the prestigious scientific journal Nature identified Griffith as the fastest-rising Australian institution in the Nature Index which measures research outputs in 82 high-quality journals. In recognition of this outcome, the journal featured Griffith as one of 16 global 'Movers and Shakers' in the Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars supplement.

These events reaffirm the exceptional caliber of our alumni and provide us the opportunity to recognise their remarkable achievements, while highlights such as Nature Rising Stars underscore the growing reputation of the University - a source of pride for all members of the Griffith community.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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