University of Melbourne Magazine

Believe off to a strong start

  • Believe - The Campaign for the University of Melbourne

    The University has been overwhelmed by the generosity of alumni since the launch of Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

    Of more than 15,600 donors who have given to the Campaign, which was launched publicly last May, more than half are alumni. Their donations have helped push the Campaign total to $293.3 million (as of the end of March).

    The Campaign, the biggest in the University’s history, aims to raise $500 million by 2017 to support three priorities: educating tomorrow’s leaders, finding answers to the world’s grand challenges and enriching our communities.

    Sue Cunningham, Vice-Principal (Advancement), says: “Our alumni know what a very special place the University of Melbourne is. It is wonderful to see the lifelong pride they have in their alma mater and their faith in the University’s ability to transform lives.

    “The University has received some remarkable gifts from its alumni, including $10 million from our Campaign Chairman Allan Myers AO QC and his wife, Maria.

    “But we are equally appreciative of the many smaller gifts received which, when added together, can have huge impact. It has also been fantastic to see so many alumni at the Campaign celebration events around the world.”

    Their gifts are already having significant impact in a whole range of ways, from supporting students through scholarships, funding ground-breaking research and helping with projects that enhance communities in Australia and overseas.

    To find out how you can give, visit the Campaign website at:

    Follow #believemelb on social media for the latest news on the Campaign.