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Professor Carolyn Evans

Message from the Vice Chancellor

Serving in the role of Vice Chancellor at Griffith University offers a privileged and sometimes humbling insight into an institution defined by its deeply-held values. These include respect for our First Peoples, environmental sustainability, social justice, and the ability to apply disciplinary knowledge with an understanding of the human impacts. These values were well on display at the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards held earlier this month on the Gold Coast. 

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Dr Barry Kirby AO

A positive maternal influence

Dr Barry Kirby AO was a carpenter in Papua New Guinea when he witnessed the death of a woman in child birth.That inspired him to make a difference and at the age of 40, enrolled at Griffith to begin his journey to become a doctor. He’s since dedicated his career and life focus to improving the lives of mothers and babies in Papua New Guinea through his not-for-profit organisation, The Hands Of Rescue (THOR). In 2018, he was awarded an AO for his services to Australian-PNG relations.

2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award Winner 

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton

Promoting health equality

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton is committed to global health equality and has contributed to the organisation of international health aid projects in her previous role as Director, Ubuntu Through Health. Armed with a goal to contribute to global health, she has interned at regional hospitals, written award-winning essays and presented at international health conferences. In 2018, she was awarded the Queensland Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.

2019 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Winner

Dr Hum Gurung

International conservationist

Nepalese-born Dr Hum Gurung is the third person from his home village, to receive a university doctorate degree. He has dedicated his professional life to promoting environmental conservation and has become a respected ambassador for conservation between Nepal and Australia, and for Griffith University. His continuous efforts to ensure conservation is for, of and by the people, have brought a great sense of community achievement to the Nepal Himalayas.

2019 Outstanding International Alumnus Award Winner

Dr Kerry Bodle

The 'accidental academic'

Dr Kerry Bodle began her tertiary education journey at age 38. Since then, she’s completed a PhD and is using her business expertise to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples participation in business education, research, engagement and employment. She is a well-respected educator and mentor and has recently been appointed as the Griffith Business School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Director.

2019 Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award Winner

Griffith Rankings

Griffith breaks into Times Higher Ed's Top 250

Griffith University has vaulted into the 201-250 band in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 placing it firmly in the top 2% of global universities. Since 2015 Griffith has been placed in the 251-300 range but the THE Rankings released in early September sees the University rise into the Top 250, matching its result on the 2019 U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking.

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Andrew Kolb

Design graduate rockets up the bestseller list

Queensland College of Art design alumnus Andrew Kolb has rocketed up the bestseller lists with his popular picture books and has also brought his distinctive style to collaborations with Pixar and Marvel.

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Retha Du Plessis

MBA alumnus suited to success 

Retha Du Plessis began her MBA to expand her skillset but she ended up finding a purpose. Now, alongside her full-time job as an HR Director, she volunteers her time as the new Board Director for Suited to Success/Dress for Success.

Retha Du Plessis


Mature Student Q&A Sessions

Until 04 October 2019

Whether you're reconsidering your current study situation, returning after a break or considering a higher degree, our experienced study advisers can help you achieve your goals. Book an in-person or over the phone consultation to explore your options.

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Toronto Community Networking Event

Friday 4 October 2019, Canoe Restaurant, Ontario, Canada

Griffith University is delighted to welcome Canadian and international alumni to gather for an evening of canapés, beverages and establishing new connections. 

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Gold Coast Alumni Networking Event

Wednesday 9 October 2019, voco Gold Coast Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans, invites Griffith alumni to an evening of networking on the Gold Coast. Guests will enjoy a selection of canapés and beverages whilst they reacquaint themselves with fellow Griffith graduates and develop new contacts in their professional network.

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Griffith Asia Institute State of the Neighbourhood Report

Friday 11 October 2019, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Join the Griffith Asia Institute as they launch the 2019 State of the Neighbourhood report. The report engages business and industry leaders in the key themes and dynamics underpinning Australia and Queensland's strategic positioning within the Asia-Pacific region. 

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MBA For Life - Melbourne

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6 pm - 8 pm, Melbourne, Victoria 

Save the date! Current MBA students and alumni are invited to an exclusive networking event in Melbourne, hosted by Griffith MBA Director, Professor Chris Fleming.

The Griffith Lecture 2019 - Presented by Judge Navi Pillay

Friday 25 October 2019, Griffith Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank

Integrity 20 and Griffith University present The Griffith Lecture 2019 with Judge Navi Pillay - The future of human rights and the rule of law: Perspectives of an international judge and UN High Commissioner for human rights. 

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25 Years of Civil Engineering

Thursday 31 October 2019, Rydges Hotel, South Bank, Brisbane

Celebrate this milestone for the School of Engineering and Built Environment at a cocktail function at the Rydges South Bank. All alumni who have passed through the program are welcome to attend. Register via email to 

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Mantra hotels

Mantra Hotels

Griffith University alumni can receive up to 50% off accommodation at Mantra Hotels. To redeem this offer, email to receive a discount code, which can be used to book via the Departure Lounge. 

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Women in technology awards

Women in technology awards

Griffith University researchers Professor Vicky Avery and Dr Leigh Potter share their 'Remarkable Tales' about the significance of their research, and the joy of being recognised as leaders of their field.

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