Message from the Vice Chancellor

Griffith University provides an education that is practical and future-focussed; one that equips our graduates to exercise influence on behalf of humanity and drive positive outcomes that benefit people and communities in Queensland, Australia and globally.

We know this because our alumni have told us so in recent surveys and focus groups, along with stakeholders from government, industry and the wider community. These responses were gathered as part of the process of creating our new strategy. My thanks to the many alumni who have taken the time to ensure that the voices of our graduates have been heard. I look forward to sharing more with you about our strategy in the coming months.

My thanks also to those of you who took the time to nominate one of your fellow alumni for this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards. The 15 finalists are the embodiment of Griffith’s values and educational experience. Our outstanding young alumni category includes finalists who founded a major festival, a Rhodes Scholar with a background in rural and remote medicine, a gender equality advocate, and a young leader in climate change adaptation.

The list of finalists in the other categories of outstanding international alumnus, outstanding First Peoples alumnus, through to the major overall outstanding alumnus category illustrate the difficult choice facing judges in choosing winners to be announced at the Griffith University Alumni Awards to be held in September.

Griffith University acknowledges not only these nominees, but the achievements of our entire alumni community numbering more than 220,000—with those numbers growing by another 3,000 following last week’s mid-year graduation ceremonies.

You provide our current students and new alumni with the inspiration to imagine where their Griffith degree can take them in the world. Your contributions are fundamentally important to Griffith providing and even higher quality learning experience and graduate outcomes—through your direct involvement as mentors to students, providers of work placements, employers of graduates and donors to support of Griffith scholarships for outstanding young students like Jaimee-Lee Hesse, featured in this newsletter.

Thank you for connecting with your University through the alumni network and for raising excellence at Griffith in so many ways through direct contributions and as our ambassadors in the wider community.

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor and President

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