One of Australia’s most significant philanthropic campaigns will celebrate its mainland China launch this weekend.

Believe: The Campaign for the University of Melbourne will be unveiled to local alumni and friends in Shanghai on Saturday March 29 and Beijing on Sunday March 30

The University has a long established relationship with China, with more than 4000 alumni living in the country and more than 4700 students enrolled at Melbourne.  The Campaign had previously been launched in Hong Kong in September 2013.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, said that he was looking forward to hearing from international alumni about the University’s future goals.

“The University has an active alumni community in China and so this trip will provide a great opportunity for us as a university to find out the issues they see as important, and how in partnership with them and others, we can seek solutions.”

“We strongly believe that Australia and the region deserves to have access to truly great universities – universities that can develop human capital and produce research on shared problems – and we think the University of Melbourne has a big role to play on this front.”

Such research projects include everything from water and river basin management, soil chemistry and crop production through to rotavirus vaccine development.  “Our research continues to address some of the most difficult problems facing the world, and includes partnerships with leading Chinese universities to support mutually beneficial collaborations in research, teaching and learning, and engagement.”

Professor Davis said that it will be the first time the University has run a campaign in 60 years, and that this Campaign will be the largest in Melbourne’s history. 

“Like many universities around the world, we are building an endowment that allows us to fund research and scholarships to enable talented students from around the world to join and benefit from our diverse community.”

“The Campaign for the University of Melbourne will enable us to continue educating tomorrow’s leaders, break new ground in solving some of the world’s grand challenges through research and strengthen communities near and afar.”

The Campaign is aiming to raise $500 million (AUD) by 2017.  The University has already raised more than $290million from more than 15,000 donors. 

 

 


 

墨尔本大学启动中国内地募捐

 

本周末,澳大利亚最重大的慈善募捐活动将在中国内地启动。

 

这场主题为“信任:为墨尔本大学募捐”的慈善活动将于上海(3月29日,周六)和北京(3月30日,周日)面向当地校友与各界好友举办。

 

墨尔本大学与中国建立并长期保持良好关系,4000余名中国校友从墨大毕业,4700余名中国留学生正在就读。2013年9月,墨尔本大学同名募款活动已在香港启动。

 

墨尔本大学副校长Glyn Davis教授曾在港区启动仪式上表示,他期待听到国际校友对母校未来发展规划上的意见和建议。

 

“中国有着积极活跃的墨大校友社区,此次募捐活动将成为汲取校友看法、建立伙伴关系以及寻求问题解决方案的宝贵契机。”

 

“我们深信澳大利亚和地方都应为真正杰出的大学——这个培养人类才能、研究世界难题的地方——敞开大门,我们认为墨尔本大学在这一方面责任重大。”

 

从水域管理、土壤化学,到粮食生产、轮状病毒疫苗的研究,墨尔本大学的研究触角延伸向各个领域。“我校的科研持续关注重大世界性难题,并在研究、教学和交流互动方面与中国领先大学合作,以促进双方进一步发展。”

 

Davis教授说,此次募款是墨尔本大学首个持续进行了长达60年的慈善活动,这也将是澳大利亚历史上最大型的募捐活动。

 

“正如世界上很多大学一样,我们正致力于通过筹款为学术研究提供资金保障,为全世界的优秀学生来到我校深造提供奖学金支持,也为我们的多元社区发展贡献力量。”

 

“募款活动不但助力墨大培养未来的领导人物,还能使我校通过提高研究水平、增强社区合作,成功攻克世界性难题。”

 

此次募捐活动旨在截至2017年筹款5亿澳元。目前,来自1.5万名捐款者的善款已达2.9亿元。募捐详情请见 http://campaign.unimelb.edu.au