Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome

One of the great joys of returning to the University of Adelaide as Vice-Chancellor has been engaging with our alumni in Australia and across the world.

As a University of Adelaide graduate, you are part of a large global community comprising more than 140,000 alumni in 134 countries.

You help keep the University in touch with the rest of the world and connect us back to the community and industry, which benefits us all.

Throughout 2018, I have had the pleasure of attending many events on campus, interstate and overseas, connecting with more than 2,100 alumni in our community and hearing about the numerous ways they contribute to our world.

In July, I travelled to Beijing and Shanghai to meet many of our China-based alumni, and in September I visited alumni in London. I was inspired by their stories. From leading economists to wine merchants and research scientists, our alumni’s impact on the world stage is profound.

The overseas alumni events complement those held locally, such as the new alumni class reunions program and the Alumni Council Summit in August.

In September, I was delighted to host Rhodes, Fullbright and Monash Scholars in my home and was thrilled to discover they share my view that our University, like Harvard or Cambridge, offers a world-class education.

On October 5, the University held a Gala Dinner to mark 120 years since Lord Howard Florey’s birth. Florey’s development of penicillin in 1938, discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming more than a decade earlier, has saved more than 200 million lives and is considered one of the greatest medical advances of our time.

Of all our alumni’s achievements, Florey’s shines the brightest. And I can’t think of a better role model for our researchers and students as they take on new health challenges in our modern world.

This year has also been very busy and significant for other reasons. The University has been developing a new Strategic Plan and we have undertaken reviews of our curriculum design and research themes, consulting widely on both of these major projects.

We have again been named in the top 150 in the world across all three of the major global university rankings, and we have increased our international student enrollments and our research income.

Everywhere I go, our alumni speak of their pride in the University of Adelaide and its importance to both the history and future of South Australia. Wherever 2019 leads us, we should always be striving to create a better, stronger University of Adelaide.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of lumen. 

Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of Adelaide

Annual Meeting of the University Community 2019

On February 4 2019, the University Council will convene the Annual Meeting of the University Community comprising the staff, students and graduates of the University.

The meeting is convened by the University Council pursuant to section 18 of the University of Adelaide Act 1971.

It is your opportunity to ask questions about your University and hear from the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor.

The meeting will be streamed live at 

Following the meeting, a light lunch will be provided in the foyer. All welcome.

Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Date: Monday February 4 2019
Location: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, ground floor, The Braggs building

Feature image: University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Peter Rathjen

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