29 October 2016

Leaders across the fields of politics, fashion and health who have made outstanding contributions to the community will be acknowledged for their achievements tonight as the University of South Australia hosts its second ever Alumni Awards.

This year’s award recipients include former Premier of South Australia: The Honourable Dr Dean Brown AO, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs; Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, the CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives; Janine Mohamed and Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China; Angelica Cheung.

The awards, which were established last year, have become an annual recognition of the contribution that UniSA graduates are making to their communities locally, nationally and internationally. 

Congratulating this year’s award recipients, UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd described UniSA’s graduates as global ambassadors for an institution whose global reach is expanding.

“In our 25th anniversary year our growth as a globally visible university is an achievement made possible through our strong network of UniSA graduates. Around the world they have helped to create our success, having studied with us, and are now guiding their careers to new heights,” Prof Lloyd says.

“There are now almost 200,000 graduates from UniSA and its antecedent institutions who are using their skills, capabilities and innovation potential to drive the economies of this nation and many others around the world.

“As brand ambassadors and as role models for the students going through the system now our alumni deserve every acknowledgement for their success and today the spotlight shines on four of our best.

“Their achievements are inspirational and their contribution to society is distinguished. Congratulations to Dean Brown, Senator Wong, Janine Mohamed and Angelica Cheung.”


2016 Award Recipients:

Dean Brown

The Honourable Dr Dean Brown AO

  • Former Premier of South Australia, Advisor to Seeley International, and Board Member, Playford Memorial Trust Inc.  
  • Fellowship Diploma in Business Administration at the South Australian Institute of Technology, a predecessor of the University of South Australia.
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Penny Wong


Senator The Honourable Penny Wong

  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from UniSA.
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Angelica CheungAngelica Cheung

  • Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China
  • MBA from UniSA.
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Janine MohamedJanine Mohamed

  • CEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
  • Bachelor of Nursing from UniSA.
  • Further information



Following his generous gift to the university, UniSA alumnus, CEO of Moelis & Company and Chairman of AFL Club the Sydney Swans, Andrew Pridham will be inducted into the UniSA College of Benefactors at this evening’s awards ceremony.

For further information:

 UniSA Advancement Services: Director of Advancement: Deborah Heithersay office (08) 8302 0972 mobile 0438 204 521 email Deborah.Heithersay@unisa.edu.au

 Media Contacts: Will Venn office (08) 8302 0096 mobile 0401 366054 email will.venn@unisa.edu.au

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