28 November 2011
On the evening of 28 July, Economics alumni came together over drinks and canapés for an event to celebrate the inauguration of the new School of Economics.
In the beautiful surrounds of the new Law School Foyer, adjacent to Fisher Library and overlooking Victoria Park, they heard from Professor Tony Aspromourgos (PhD ’86) about the University’s plans to make the new School the vehicle for advancing Economics education and research at the University. They were also entertained by a stimulating speech from Mr Bill Evans (BEc Hons ’73, University Medal), Chief Economist at Westpac, on the economic prospects for Australia and the wider world, in the current crisis-ridden global situation.
Many alumni, who had not visited the campus for many years, were struck by the enhancement of the University’s physical infrastructure – and (unlike in their day!) the large number of students pursuing their studies in the environs of Fisher, at such an hour.
Some alumni, who were under the misapprehension that the placement of the new School of Economics within a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences might involve the disappearance of the BEc degree, were reassured to hear that the BEc is alive and well, and will continue.
The 28 July event is the first of what will be regular events, via which the School will seek to increase engagement between the University and its Economics alumni. In particular, further this year, alumni should note for 8 December: Mr Glenn Stevens (BEc Hons ’80), the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, will deliver the 1st Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the School.
The pictures from the events are listed below. Please click on the thumbnail to view the larger images