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40 YEAR REUNION
The inaugural 40 Year Reunion for 1967-1971 alumni was held
in Red Vines, Flinders One (the former Union building) on 30
November. More than 90 alumni and guests attended, and
heard from the Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber about
Flinders then, now and in the future, and Andrew McHugh,
sometime Empire Times editor about the history of the paper.
A specially recorded message from Flinders graduate John
Schumann about his time at, and the influences of, Flinders was
played. Special mention was made of John Moriarty AM, an
outstanding Australian and our first Indigenous graduate, who
was present. The unanimous sentiment of those present was
for more such events, and there will be.
An inspiring and remarkable life
LESLEY SHORNE 1957-2010.
Dr Lesley Shorne was a women's health pioneer, Flinders
University graduate, wife, mother, family woman and
philanthropist, who worked tirelessly for the cause of women's
health in South Australia for more than 25 years in both practice
Since Lesley's death in 2010, her immediate and extended family
have worked tirelessly to raise funds to create a scholarship
in her honour, offered to female students in or commencing
their third year of the graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine and
Bachelor of Surgery program at Flinders University.
Flinders University and the Shorne Family are delighted to
announce that Katherine Pensa was the inaugural recipient of
the Lesley Shorne Scholarship which was presented at a recent
dinner hosted by Lesley's husband Dermot Holden and her
sister Dorothy Shorne and other members of the Shorne family
including Edward, Penelope and Priscilla Shorne.
Professor Paul Worley, Dean of the School of Medicine, said
that "this Scholarship will encourage bright and compassionate
mature women to consider that a career in medicine is possible,
despite the many obstacles that may be present. Lesley
Shorne's passion and commitment to women's health will live
on in these extraordinary scholarship recipients for years to
come. We are grateful for the generosity of the Shorne Family".
ALUMNI SURVEY 2011
Early in 2011 alumni were invited to participate in a survey
which looked at alumni attitudes towards a number of factors
and issues including motivations for enrolling, communication
strategies, supporting Flinders and attendance at functions and
events. Almost 1000 alumni responded, and the survey data
was analysed independently of the University.
Ninety seven percent of respondents indicated that they
would recommend Flinders to others and the motivations for
coming to Flinders included range of courses, reputation and
location. Alumni indicated that they are interested in events
especially if they are related to professional/industry sectors,
professional development or provide the opportunity to interact
with academic staff. As well as supporting Flinders financially,
particularly in creative arts and the Indigenous Health Research
Fund, strong interest was expressed for mentoring and
Suggestions about involving alumni in alumni activities as
soon as possible after graduation and getting current students
involved with alumni are now being actively pursued. Planning
for alumni relations activities in 2012 and beyond builds on the
feedback from our alumni including opportunities for career
development, interaction with industry leaders, improving
member benefits, and connecting with alumni internationally.
We are always keen to receive feedback from alumni about the
University or what we might be able to do for alumni. Simply
send an email to email@example.com with your comments.
Authors: Chris Jenner, Geoff Sauer, Daniela Cirocco, Simon Blight
Above: Lesley Shorne
Below: L-R: Sue Bishop, Tony Goldsworthy, 'Matthew Flinders'
"This is the first time that an overseas university has run three
postgraduate programs with a single institution in China,"
Professor Barber said.
"Our relationship with Nankai has gone from strength to
strength and our graduation ceremony in China in October
saw degrees awarded to more than 300 graduates, the largest
The visit to the graduation ceremony by senior Flinders staff,
including the Chancellor, Mr Stephen Gerlach, and Ms Chris
Jenner, Head of Development and Alumni Relations, also saw
the presentation of the first two Distinguished Alumni Awards
to graduates of the Flinders courses.
Ni Rong, who graduated from the Masters of Health
Administration in 2008, is Head of the Health Bureau of
Gongshu District, Hanghzou City. In this role, he has overseen
improvements to health programs for 600,000 residents. The
award-winning Gongshu model has become highly influential in
China's national health care policy.
Xu Jingrong, a 2002 graduate of the Master of Arts
(International Relations in Economics and Trade), is a
Vice-President of the Bank of China, Tianjin Branch, with
responsibility for the company finance section of the whole
bank. Her service and leadership in the development of the
bank's commercial operations have been recognised with
Professor Barber said making postgraduate courses available
to professional staff is part of a drive across China to focus
on educational qualifications as a way of ensuring staff are
equipped with appropriate theoretical knowledge and exposure
to modern practices.
Flinders' research links with China are also expanding through
the joint Education and Research Centre with Hunan University
and the Central South University in the city of Changsha in
The three institutions are providing seed funding of more
than $400,000 to support 14 collaborative Chinese-Australian
research projects in health and environment, which range
from an examination of risk factors associated with the use of
wastewater in agriculture to a comparative study of dementia
care in Changsha and Adelaide.
Flinders grows with China
as new courses added
China sees education as central to its ability to meet its
economic and social needs in the 21st century and it has
embarked on an ambitious education reform agenda.
Some of the numbers involved are staggering by Australian
standards: boost the number of students undertaking higher
education by 16 per cent -- to 35 million students -- by 2020;
increase participation in further or continuing education to
almost double to 350 million students in the same timeframe.
The ultimate goal? That 20 per cent of the working-age
population will have finished higher education by 2020.
Higher education reforms in China may be focused on
improving the supply of skilled and innovative professionals
but the country's ambitions extend to mobilising its population
to pursue lifelong learning opportunities and to engage with
international universities and research organisations as a way of
showcasing China's own universities.
Flinders University's presence in China is well-established -- since
2000, more than 1900 students have graduated from Flinders
courses taught in conjunction with Nankai University in Tianjin
-- and it is about to be stepped up.
Flinders is to add a third masters degree, a Master of Educational
Leadership and Management, to the Master of Hospital
Administration and Master of Arts (International Relations
in Economics and Trade) courses already taught at Nankai
The existing courses have been highly successful and are used as
quality benchmarks for foreign courses by the Chinese Ministry
The new two-year Masters course will offer its students the
opportunity to learn about a range of issues affecting leadership
and management in the educational setting, including human
resource development, strategic thinking, governance and
It is intended for staff and leaders in schools, colleges and
universities who are looking to obtain formal qualifications at
Flinders Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, said the
addition of the new course is an indication of the regard in
which Flinders is held and of the strength of the relationship
Nankai alumni presented the Flinders graduation visitors (front) with a scroll
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