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Message from the Vice Chancellor

Griffith University continues to establish its reputation globally following a report in the prestigious scientific Nature journal, which identified the University as the fastest-rising Australian institution based on its research performance. The University also recently celebrated excellence in its alumni community with the inaugural Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards and PhD and Doctorate Reunion.  
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PhD Reunion

Experts in their field

Griffith University alumni came together in early September at our South Bank campus for the University's PhD and Doctorate reunion, commemorating 40 years of PhDs at Griffith and 70 years of PhDs in Australia.

A special reunion

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Meet Griffith's Outstanding Alumni Award winners

A NASA astronomer, a top public health scientist, a psychologist and entrepreneur, and a trailblazer for women in leadership are the winners of this year's inaugural Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards. Read more about their stories below.

2018 University winners


On the frontline

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM wanted to be a community cop when she started her policing career but instead, she rose through the ranks becoming a trailblazer for women in the male-dominated police and fire services.

Serving the community


Cultural innovator

A strong Gamilaroi man, Clinton Schultz has used his experience to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and consult on organisational and cultural responsiveness. He has also founded Clinto's Kupmurri food van and Sobah, a non-alcoholic craft beer, aligned with the Sobah Initiative. 

Social entrepreneur


Global health crusader

Professor Qiyong Liu has built a research career with one goal, saving people's lives. Based at the Shandon University Centre for Climate Change and Health, his team specialises in mosquito borne illness and health issues associated with climate change.

Top scientist


Planet hunter

Dr Jessie Christiansen's thirst for planet discovery started early, blossoming when she was given her first telescope. An amateur astronomer in high school, Dr Christiansen had no idea her passion for star gazing would lead to a career at NASA. 

Exoplanet discoveries

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Griffith implements dog training program to save local wildlife 

Griffith Business School researchers are working with the Redlands City Council to help reduce the rate of dog attacks on native animals.

Puppy-predator problem


Sea Jellies Illuminated comes to life

Griffith University cements its partnership with iconic Gold Coast theme park Sea World with the opening of the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit.

State-of-the-art facility


Gig on the Green 2018

Saturday 6 October 2018, The Australian Embassy Jakarta, Jakarta Selatan
Following the success of last year's Gig on the Green youth alumni event in Jakarta, the Australian Embassy Jakarta are proud to host another. Taking place at the Australian Embassy's outdoor courtyard, this year's Gig on the Green will feature a selection of Australian and Indonesian renowned musicians and artists, a number of alumni-run concession food stalls, Australian BBQ and wine tastings. 


MBA for Life Melbourne 2018

Thursday 18 October 2018, Institute of Managers and Leaders, Melbourne
Griffith University alumni are invited to join Griffith MBA Director, Associate Professor Chris Fleming for our third annual Melbourne MBA for Life event. This will be an exclusive networking opportunity for Griffith University alumni and friends. Drinks and canapes will be provided. Please RSVP before Monday 11 October.


Griffith University Canberra Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday 30 October 2018, Old Parliament House, Parkes, Canberra
Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Ian O'Connor AC, invites Griffith University alumni and friends to attend our Canberra Alumni Networking event. Come along and establish new connections, or build upon existing relationships. A selection of canapes and beverages will be served throughout the evening and guests will be in the running to win a lucky door prize.


Golden Key Alumni Networking Event - Save the Date

November 2018, Gold Coast, Queensland
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Bloomex Flowers

Freshen your day with a Griffith alumni discount on flowers and gift hampers from Bloomex.



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