A Deakin degree has unlocked the potential of over 250,000 graduates since it first opened its doors to students in 1977. We continue to strive to prepare graduates for life and careers in a rapidly changing world. But we know our nation will increasingly depend on well-educated and skilled graduates who are able to embrace the age of smart machines – graduates with the skills to be nimble and agile. We also know the digital economy will see many jobs and skills disappear as the second machine age, as part of the mega trends of robotics, big data and personalisation has impact the like of which has not been seen for many generations.
It is universally acknowledged that the gift of learning changes the lives of individuals and their families. We must work hard to ensure this gift continues into the future.
Deakin's undergraduate scholarships make a real difference to the lives of talented people, including our Indigenous students and those from rural and regional areas, and others for whom the cost of education presents an impossible barrier to accessing the benefits of a university education.
Postgraduate scholarships enable talented researchers to pursue ideas that will make a difference to the communities Deakin serves. For example in Geelong, where Deakin is leveraging its pioneering research in carbon fibre to generate jobs and new business opportunities. In a fast-changing and globally connected world, Deakin is fostering the nexus between government, industry and academe, nurturing a culture of innovation and enhancing productivity.
Diversity enriches and strengthens the Deakin community; we all learn from those whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives are different from our own. Deakin is still a relatively young university by international standards, but we are a strong and dynamic University community which has always embraced and celebrated diversity. Through the growing excellence of our teaching and research, we are making a distinctive contribution to all communities, nationally and internationally.
Your giving to Deakin will help us unlock the potential of capable students, empowering them to make a difference in the world. All of us can help the next generation by giving back to the university and its community. Together we can change the lives of individuals and help build Australia's capacity.
This is our investment in Australia's future.
Professor Iain Martin
Deakin University Vice-Chancellor