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How we celebrated our 25th birthday in 2016

James Morrison performing at the Gala Dinner

2016 wasn’t a normal year for UniSA. We painted the campus blue and silver as we celebrated our 25th birthday. Now as we blow out the candles on our last birthday cake, we have the opportunity to reflect on our celebrations and what we have achieved in our 25 year history.  

Since 1991 we have invested almost a billion dollars in capital works in South Australia, graduated 48,000 international students from over 150 countries and forged more than 2,500 industry and business partnerships worldwide.

Perhaps most importantly, we have launched the careers of more than 195,000 graduates. They are our teachers, nurses, engineers and health professionals, business leaders, psychologists and counsellors – all making a difference to the local and wider community.

Here’s some of the year’s highlights.

  1. 25th Birthday Gala Dinner: in July 900 people gathered to celebrate our 25th birthday and raise funds for the 25th birthday scholarship fund. We danced to the jazz tunes of the James Morrison Academy Band and guests donated $250,000 to support future generations of students. These funds contributed to over $500,000 raised for the 25th Birthday Scholarship fund this year. Relive the gala
  2. 25th birthday campus parties: from 21 – 24 March we held a birthday parties on all six campuses. From the cupcake-decorating stand, to what had to be one of the world’s biggest “pass-the-parcels”, more than 1,400 staff and students gathered to celebrate our birthday.
  3. Unijam - Shaping the Enterprise: following on from the 2013 Unijam, staff, students and friends participated in an online brainstorming session from 19 – 20 May, uncovering some great ideas on UniSA’s strategic plan, ‘Crossing the Horizon.’
  4. 25th birthday iconic lectures: UniSA's Hawke Centre hosted seven public lectures, aimed at sharing knowledge and encouraging community debate. Speakers included Dr David Suzuki and Reverend Canon Mpho A Tutu.
  5. 25th birthday video messages: from Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, to British comedian Stephen Fry, we received happy birthday messages from around the world. You can view them all on our 25th birthday website.
  6. 25th Birthday Quicksilver: 25 years of Samstag Scholarships exhibition: this 25th birthday art exhibition celebrated the impact of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Scholarships on the trajectory of Australian contemporary art.
  7. 25th Birthday Festival: more than 1,000 staff, students and alumni attended UniSA’s 25th Birthday Festival on  October 13th, featuring live music, art exhibition, food vendors, a pop up bar and outdoor cinema.
  8. Alumni Awards: we honoured four outstanding alumni for their contribution to the University and community: former South Australian Premier, the Hon Dr Dean Brown AO; Senator the Hon Penny Wong; Angelica Cheung and; Janine Mohamed.
  9. 25th birthday achievement scholarships: UniSA made available special birthday scholarships to recognise South Australia’s high achieving year 12 students. Bachelor of Pharmacy student Hope Stahl received the UniSA 25th Anniversary Outstanding Achievement Scholarship and another 21 students received the UniSA 25th Anniversary Excellence Scholarship.
  10. 25th birthday volunteering project: to celebrate our birthday we partnered with 25 community organisations and NGOs to provide volunteering opportunities for our students, including Foodbank and Amnesty International.
  11. 25 year service morning tea: 24 staff have been here with us from the beginning, so we ate cake to celebrate.
  12. 25th birthday alumni reunions: We hosted birthday parties throughout Australia and the world including London, Singapore, Hong Kong and China - reconnecting and celebrating with thousands of alumni.

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