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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