Message from the Vice-Chancellor
The value of a first-class education is often taken for granted, particularly in a country like Australia, which views it as a right, rather than a privilege. In this edition, two of our prominent alumni remind us that millions of people around the world are not as fortunate.
Hieu Van Le and Ben Yengi are refugees, from Vietnam and Sudan respectively. Both have fled war-torn countries, endured years of separation from families and friends, faced racism head on and overcome significant obstacles to get to where they are today - in Mr Le's case, the South Australian Lieutenant Governor and in Mr Yengi's case, a Medallist of the Order of Australia for his services to migrants, refugees and multiculturalism.
The other common experience they share is a University of Adelaide degree. In this edition they voice their appreciation of an outstanding education, which has opened so many doors to them - both personally and professionally.
Another alumnus whose thirst for knowledge paid off handsomely was geologist and explorer Reg Sprigg. His extraordinary life makes fascinating reading in a new book about this visionary Australian. Turn to page 6 for his profile.
Sir Walter Watson Hughes also set out to find adventure - and ended up founding a university. His generosity has inspired a new society of donors who have remembered the University of Adelaide in their will. The establishment of the Hughes Bequest Society this year recognises both Hughes' legacy and our many donors who have given the gift of education.
Another major initiative launched in July is the University's new online community network which, in the space of less than six months, now numbers more than 7000 members - and continues to grow. Adelaide onLION encourages greater interaction between alumni and I urge you to take advantage of the many privileges and benefits on offer.
The University celebrated some historic milestones in 2008, including the 125th birthday of its Roseworthy Campus, which has enjoyed a rich history and played such a pivotal role in shaping the nation. A pictorial reminder of these celebrations is included in this edition.
I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my best wishes to our alumni for the coming festive season and hope that 2009 is a prosperous year for all.
PROFESSOR JAMES A. McWHA
Vice-Chancellor and President