This year marks fifty years since the foundation of our University with the passage of
the Macquarie University Act through the New South Wales Parliament in 1964. Over the
intervening period we have emerged as one of the Australia’s leading universities in education and research.
This University was founded to be different. We have always challenged tradition and
found new ways of doing things that drove innovation and questioned conventional
wisdom. In so doing, we have established new traditions that encourage curiosity, foster
creativity and enhance new understandings of the world we live in.
We are still different. Our PACE program is the only one of its kind in the country. The
range and combination of facilities on our campus is unique in Australia; and the campus
itself, despite fifty years of development, remains an open, accessible and beautiful
environment in which to work and study.
Over the years, many people have come and gone, and this anniversary is an opportunity
to reconnect with old friends, to rediscover old places, and to renew old partnerships. But
it is also a chance for us to look to the future, and to build new relationships that will
shape the next fifty years of our story.
Throughout the coming months, and thanks to your suggestions, we will celebrate the past
fifty years with a range of events, publications, exhibitions and installations across campus
and beyond. I encourage you to visit us on campus, to take part online, and to contribute
your experiences to the ongoing history of our University.
Your story is our story, and I look forward very much to hearing it.
With all good wishes,
Professor S Bruce Dowton MD
Vice-Chancellor and President
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