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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.