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In 2015 we continued to tour the globe to connect with alumni and celebrate the University’s 40 Years of Independence. Here’s a snapshot of some of the activities of our global community of over 127,000 alumni living in more than 160 countries.

Photo albums from each activity are available on the Official UOW Alumni Facebook page. 


In March UOW alumnus and positive psychologist Dr Justin Coulson spoke about ‘how to be our best selves’ with more than 150 fellow alumni and friends at the City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong. In August Kimberley Abbott, engineer, social entrepreneur and inspirational UOW alumna, was our guest speaker at the iAccelerate/UOW Alumni Entrepreneurial Women’s Breakfast in Wollongong.


Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti shared his tips on leadership with UOW alumni and students at the University's Sydney Business School in April and September, as part of the School’s Leadership Series. Borghetti is an honorary graduate of UOW.


More than 300 alumni and guests of the University of Wollongong in Dubai joined together to observe the Holy Month of Ramadan with an Iftar dinner held at Gloria Hotel, Dubai Internet City in July. In attendance was His Excellency Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar.

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Photos: The Entrepreneurial Women's Breakfast || John Borghetti speaking at Sydney Business School || The Iftar Dinner in Dubai.


The UOW Malaysian Alumni Chapter hosted another fantastic dinner at the exclusive Malaysian Petroleum Club in the Petronas Towers for over 120 alumni including newly graduated students from the UOW-INTI Laureate program in Kuala Lumpur in April.


Receptions held across China in June brought together several hundred alumni to reconnect with the University and each other. This represented a milestone in the University’s history as they were the first UOW-wide alumni functions held in mainland China, with more planned in future. As a mark of their success, UOW alumni living in Beijing are establishing an Alumni Chapter.


We were excited to connect with our UOW alumni in New York in September at the Bryant Park Hotel. UOW graduates enjoyed a relaxed evening of networking with UOW executive, staff and the alumni team with a bird’s eye view of midtown Manhattan.

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Photos: The Malaysian Alumni Chapter dinner function || The alumni reception in Shanghai || The New York alumni reception.


In September, UOW graduates enjoyed a relaxed evening of networking with UOW executive, staff and the alumni team at our first ever alumni function in Washington DC. Among the business, engineering and arts graduates in attendance was former UOW Alumni Award winner and Dean of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, Professor Patricia Davidson.


The Jasper Room in the Four Seasons Hotel in stunning Toronto was the location of our first ever Canadian UOW Alumni Reception in September – and what a night it was!


100+ alumni took over the Croc Bowling alley – an original 1950’s bowling Alley housed in the Ham Yard Hotel in London – in September to celebrate the University’s 40th year of independence. Back-lit bowling balls, vintage bowling shoes and bowling pin lamps set the scene for an alumni event to remember. We were joined by UOW Brand Ambassador and cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist.

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Photos: The Canadian Alumni Reception || Special guest Adam Gilchrist (on the right) speaking with alumni in London || The Croc Bowling Alley event.


With over 3,500 alumni, the busy Singapore Alumni Chapter co-hosted several activities in 2015 including networking events in April and October to welcome newly graduated students from both the SIM and PSB academy partner programs. The Chapter also hosted social activities including a family friendly bowling night.


In September, Junior Doctor, rural health ambassador and 2014 UOW Young Alumni Award winner Dr Teena Downton was our guest speaker at an Alumni Function in Nowra. We were also joined by current students of the University’s Graduate School of Medicine.


Memories were shared between alumni, staff and students who visited the UOW 40 Years of Student Life Exhibition held from June through September in the UOW Library Panizzi Room, with a featured event taking place each week. Speakers included UOW alumni, social commentator Van Badham, art curator Glenn Barkley and UOW senior lecturer and historian Dr Glenn Mitchell.


The Campus Chapter had a big year in 2015 with the relocation of the Alumni Bookshop: UOW Used Books onto the main campus, as well as an annex site at the Innovation Campus. In just over 20 years of operation, the Bookshop has raised more than $230,000 to support the financial security of students in need.

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Photos: The Singapore Alumni Chapter function || Van Badham speaking at the exhibition || Campus Chapter members selling books.


Many alumni returned to campus and offered their advice and guidance to students throughout 2015 – some acting as keynote speakers and panellist participants in Career Readiness Conferences for students about to enter the workforce and others shared their career stories as inspiration to future and current students at key events, including graduation and UOW Open Day.


We asked graduating students throughout 2015 to snap, tag and share their special Graduation Day moments on social media with #UOWalumni. We gathered these photos into an album for all to share in the excitement.


In July four prominent businesspeople, creatives and educators received Honorary Doctorates from UOW, including author and ‘national living treasure’ Thomas Keneally AO, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Douglas Becker, and Professor Carl Chiarella.

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Photos: Thomas Keaneally AO with Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE || Graduation Day at the Wollongong main campus || Ita Buttrose AO OBE


A Gala Dinner held in Wollongong in October celebrated the University’s 40th year of independence, and University Fellowships awarded to Richard MillerPauline LysaghtPat Farrar and Ron Pretty AM.

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Photo: Richard Miller, Pauline Lysaght, His Excellency The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of NSW, Pat Farrar and Ron Pretty AM


Cohorts of Wollongong Teachers' College from 1963/64, 1964/65 and 1965/66 gathered for a reunion in March to enjoy a dinner at Wollongong Golf Club.


The newly established Melbourne Alumni Chapter met quarterly to discuss how to facilitate and enhance the networking of UOW alumni as well as hosting social functions in June and September and a trivia night in December.


This active and committed Honorary Alumni Chapter met regularly throughout 2015 to discuss ways to engage with, and advance the University. The annual Honorary Alumni Dinner held on campus in March provided an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings to update honorary alumni about the strategic priorities and future plans of the University.

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Photo: members of the UOW Honorary Alumni Chapter