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Sydney University International House Alumni Association

Global friendships that stand the test of time
There are now thousands of students who have lived at International House and we have a vibrant alumni culture.

Our mission

Sydney University International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA) has been inspired by the commitment of the house to international understanding and friendship, and for most of us this influence has remained a theme of our lives with our experiences in the house being important formative memories. We formed enduring friendships in the house that continue to enrich our lives.

SUIHAA's constitution (pdf, 32KB) commits us to: encouraging and supporting communication among alumni, promoting our engagement with International House and the University, and working with International House "in promoting the aims and ideals of international understanding within the University of Sydney and the wider community."

Ongoing areas of activity

  • We support ongoing communication among SUIHAA members – by all kinds of methods.
  • We partner with the current Members' Association (IHMA) with events that bring alumni and current residents together. For example, SUIHAA members from around the world send cards and calendars to new residents in February at the start of the academic year.
  • SUIHAA members join together to support initiatives that promote the ideals of international understanding and friendship. For example, we raised $100,000 in 2008-12 (approx.) to support the founding of the Bo Children’s Hospital in Sierra Leone. The Hospital was originally a proposal of Dr Nuli Lemoh, a SUIHAA and Rotary member. We are delighted that the hospital is now functioning to save children’s lives, and generating income with ongoing support of Bo, Sydney and UK Rotary clubs, as well as SUIHAA and IHMA.

Future of International House

The University has decided that the International House buildings are coming to the end of their lives. Residents are being moved out at the end of 2020. Alumni are seeking assurance from the University that the successful International House program will be continued and enhanced in any future plans.

The alumni community is working hard for the future of IH, in two main strands of action:

  • Communication and advocacy.
  • Research about the preservation of the Rotunda (designed by Walter Bunning).

Please contact us if you can help in either of these areas. To stay up to date with news of our campaign, read our initial statement (pdf, 490KB) or see our latest and past newsletters.

Upcoming events

Foundation Day Dinner celebrates the founding of the house in 1967, and the early influence of inaugural director, Graeme De Graaff, in establishing the culture and direction of the residential community.

The annual event was held on 31 May and included tours of the house, as well as speeches from alumni, current residents, and Director, Jessica Carroll. Five residents from each generation of the house going back to the 1960s gave a speech about their experiences at International House and how it shaped their professional careers and understanding of the world.

SUIHAA's Annual General Meeting is held in September each year and is a time for alumni to catch up and reflect upon the year's achievements. The Committee for the following year is elected as well. After the AGM, lunch will be available and will be followed by the magnificent Music of the World concert. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend!

A regular annual reunion event to be held this year in September. This reunion provides a unique opportunity for alumni to enjoy live musical performances from International House's most talented residents.

The Rosemary Berrick Photography Competition, organised annually by SUIHAA, celebrates Rosemary Berrick, who was instrumental in establishing International House's library and archives.

The 2018 competition winner was Meruse Oishi, with the People's Choice being awarded to Kush Baheti. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The next competition will be held in September 2019.

Newsletters

Committee profile

President

Dr Rosamond Madden AM

Secretary

Dr James Kane

Treasurer

Brittany Ridley

General committee

Nicole Dunn
Moe Hassan
Pippa Herden (until April 2019)
Julia Krattli
Dr Dominick Ng
Gwen Ng
Dr Richard Ng
Paul Reisner
Karen Rowe-Nurse
Lyn Woodger Grant

Ex-Officio Members

Dr Bradley Kunda (IH Assistant Director)
Jessica Sargant (IHMA Chair from Dec. 2018)
Brieanna Watson (IHMA Chair 2018)

Contact us

SUIHAA

Alumni association
Address
  • International House, 96 City Road, Darlington, NSW 2008 Australia