Vice-Chancellor's End of Year Message

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide Peter Rathjen AO

Once again, this year, I have been privileged to meet with so many interesting and distinguished alumni across the globe at receptions, reunions and award celebrations. From Adelaide to London, Singapore to New York, Shanghai to Sydney, and within our own local networks, they have been making their mark in very many different ways. 

Highlights on campus have included our second Town and Gown celebration in Bonython Hall, where astronaut, Dr Andrew Thomas, addressed guests from government, industry and fellow alumni. At the same gathering, we also acknowledged some of our finest graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards.

As is traditional, in October we joined with our Golden Jubilee graduates, to celebrate their 50th year since conferral; and enjoyed a number of other reunions welcoming back alumni for anniversaries of all sorts and durations.

At the other end of the age scale, we have seen an increasing number of more recent graduates maintain their connection with the University through an innovative programme of events, initiated by our Young Alumni Network.

Forging links with the community is a pillar in our strategic plan. To that end, we have partnered with the Adelaide Festival, RCC and Fringe; and, in 2020, we will continue to develop the University’s role as the beating heart of Adelaide.

Once again, I look forward to welcoming you back to your alma mater to re-kindle good memories; and to observe the breadth of academic, creative, sporting, cultural and social activity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year and wish you all the best for the festive season.

Kind regards

Professor Peter Rathjen AO

Vice-Chancellor and President

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