Connecting alumni worldwide in 2016 - UOW Outlook Magazine

Connecting alumni worldwide in 2016

The global alumni community is a valuable network to tap into, and the Alumni Relations Team offers a range of events, opportunities and Chapters to help you make the most of it. Here are the activities we supported across the world in the past year.

Why not join us in 2017 at an event in a city near you? Connections are powerful; you never know who you’ll meet.



February saw Illawarra alumni gather at City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong. The event hosted a panel of alumni and wellbeing experts Angela Saville, Rebecca Gawthorne and Mark Donovan.

A black tie gala dinner was held in October at Innovation Campus to announce the University Fellowships (see below) and Alumni Award winners.


The Australian Museum in Sydney welcomed alumni after hours in May for an exclusive tour of The Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers. Prior to the tour, one of the explorers featured in the exhibition, Wollongong-born Jon Muir OAM (pictured below) spoke about his wildest adventures and life as the most experienced adventurer in Australian History.

Sydney alumni event with Jon Muir 2016

In April, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE and Dean of the School of Law, Professor Warwick Gullett, hosted a small group of law alumni at a dinner in Sydney to seek input, insights and comments on the strategic direction and goals of the UOW Law School as they refresh the LLB and seek to enhance graduate success in law and law-related fields.

A joint event was hosted by Advantage Wollongong and UOW at the Museum of Contemporary Art for Sydney-based alumni to learn how Wollongong city has grown and become a hub for business operations for a broad range of industries. Special guest speaker for the evening was SBS Presenter and UOW alumnus Ricardo Goncalves.


A business breakfast was held for alumni in Melbourne in August. Alumni enjoyed networking and hearing from leading economist and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Professor Alex Frino. The breakfast was hosted by Chancellor Jillian Broadbent AO and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE.

A roundtable dinner was held for a small group of alumni, hosted by Chancellor Jillian Broadbent AO, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Professor Alex Frino. Alumni were invited to provide input, insights and comments on the future and how to develop stronger engagement with industry for student mobility, graduate recruitment, teaching, and research and development.

Melbourne Chapter

In November, the Chapter hosted an event where keynote speaker David Brookes spoke about social enterprise and impact investment in Australia.


This year we held our first alumni event in Brisbane at the Lock ‘N’ Load Bistro. It was a relaxed social evening, the first of more for alumni living in Queensland.


This year, Wollongong Campus graduation ceremonies increased from twice to four times per year, doubling the excitement on campus. The Alumni Relations Team celebrated UOW’s newest alumni on the Duckpond Lawn.

Graduation Wollongong Campus 2016

Honorary Chapter

The committed and dynamic Honorary Alumni Chapter continued their dedication throughout 2016, meeting several times to discuss their role in engaging and advancing the University. The annual Honorary Alumni Dinner was held on campus in May welcoming new Honorary Chapter Executives Dr Peter Robertson, David Vance and Lynn Woodley.

Campus Chapter

Throughout 2016 the Campus Chapter continued to donate their time to run the Alumni Bookshop: UOW Used Books in its two new Wollongong and Innovation Campus locations. All proceeds from sales fund student scholarships and prizes.

The United Arab Emirates


The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) celebrated 350 more graduates and a milestone in its history by awarding the first-ever Doctorate from the Dubai campus during the 29th annual graduation ceremony.

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Alumni Iftar event

UOWD President Professor Mohamed Salem hosted its annual Alumni Iftar event, one of the biggest and most prestigious events of the year. Over 250 alumni and their guests enjoyed reconnecting with each other and their alma mater at Gloria Hotel in Dubai.

Networking and professional development events

A number of events were hosted by UOWD for alumni to polish their skills, including a Big Data Workshop and meeting alumni entrepreneurs to be inspired and to learn the power of connections.

Vice-Chancellor Reception

Early in November, UOWD invited alumni to an exclusive event hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, UOWD Board members and UOW Ambassador and Australian cricketing legend, Adam Gilchrist AM.


New UOW graduates from SIM and PSB Academy were welcomed into the global alumni community at an alumni reception held at the Boomarang Boat Quay in April.

Singapore Chapter

It was a year of fun activities hosted by the Singapore Chapter, with social events including bowling, laser tag, basketball and a fun run.


New UOW graduates dined in style at the Malaysian Petroleum Club in the famous Malaysian Petronas Twin Towers, and The Cellar in George Town, Penang. Alumni and guests met at the Kuala Lumpur and Penang locations to welcome the new graduates of UOW Programs at INTI International College to the alumni community.

Malaysia Chapter

Vilsonm Wong was welcomed as the new President of the Malaysia Chapter at the AGM held in April.


Alumni receptions were held in Beijing and Shanghai in June to help connect alumni living and working in these cities.

Beijing Chapter

The Beijing Chapter hosted networking and social activities throughout 2016.

Hong Kong

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In June UOW alumni and guests enjoyed sky-high drinks at the world’s tallest bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Many UOW senior executives were in attendance including Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Professor Alex Frino, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joe Chicharo, Deputy Chancellor Noel Cornish and members of the UOW Enterprises Board.


The newly appointed Executive Dean of Social Sciences Professor Glenn Salkeld joined alumni and guests at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok in June.

Thai Chapter

The Thai Chapter will hold its annual general meeting in November, where a new President will be elected.


Following the recent success of our first Jakarta Alumni Reception in December 2015, the Indonesia Alumni Chapter was formed in January this year.


We will be visiting Mumbai in November to host the first alumni reception in India.

United Kingdom

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE joined alumni and guests in London in September on The Roof Terrace at the Ham Yard Hotel.

United States

Throughout 2016, alumni events were hosted across North America. A USA tour began in March, making stops in New York City, Indianapolis, Chicago and Palo Alto. Alumni gathered again in New York City and Boston in September, with Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE joining the events in the vibrant American cities.

Toronto alumni event 2016


Toronto Chapter

Visiting Toronto in March and September the Alumni Relations Team were joined by members of the newly established Toronto Chapter to welcome alumni and guests to the inner city location.


Honorary Awards

Since December 2015, Honorary Doctorates were awarded to:

  • David Gonski AC
  • Kurt Lambeck AO
  • Catherine Livingstone AO
  • Professor Philip Clingan
  • Professor Robert Furbank
  • Professor Ann Wintle
  • Hugh Mackay AO
  • The Honourable Michael Kirby AC

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Emeritus Professorships

Jim Hill, John Glynn and Martin Tsamenyi AM were admitted as Emeritus Professors for sustained contributions to UOW.


In October the 2016 University Fellowships were awarded to Michael Cole, Dr Kerrie Eyding, Sharyn Mackenzie OAM and Craig Osborne.

Alumni Awards

The Alumni Award winners were Dr Ken Silburn, Kate Swaffer, Professor Peter Quinn and Larissa Robertson.

Alumni Appeal

During this year’s Alumni Appeal, 431 alumni donated over $110,000 to scholarships that help students stay at university. Watch our students "thank you" video.

On the road in 2017

Join us in 2017 as we bring you more events in more locations. Connections are powerful; you never know who you’ll meet.
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