We are proud to announce that the Harvard Club of Australia received the Club/SIG (Shared Interest Group) Recognition Award at the annual Alumni Leadership Conference on 9 February 2017. This is in recognition of HCA's exceptional efforts resulting in outstanding and innovative programming.
Harvard Club of Australia in The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/harvard-club-of-australia-named-universitys-best-club/news-story/478debab25a98c7f3bfced4618a945b6
The Harvard Club of Australia's citation read:
Since its founding in 1961, the Harvard Club of Australia has dedicated itself to the mission of furthering learned exchange between Australia and Harvard. Its myriad scholarship programs fund nine post-graduate students at various Harvard schools and programs every year. Its Australia-Harvard Fellowship reinforces existing academic networks at mid-career and senior levels, with substantial impacts on scientific discovery and career advancement. The Club's focus on building connections amongst alumni includes a robust calendar of social, intellectual and cultural events; a vibrant mentoring program for Harvard graduates returning to Australia; and a focus on developing a strong Council that encourages all members to take a leadership role. As a result of their engagement efforts, the Club has doubled its paid membership in the past seven years to over 500 active members.
More details of the Awards at: http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/03/haa-clubs-and-sigs-awards
Harvard Club of Australia named university’s best club
“It just doesn’t get much bigger than this,” laughs Justin Greiner as he speaks of the Harvard Club of Australia, of which he is president, being named Harvard Club of the Year.
Beneath the mirth is genuine pride at the efforts the club has made over the past decade or so to foster a two-way, public good relationship with the university.
“We’ve had a concerted focus in the past 10 years on bringing Australians to Harvard and Harvard to Australia,” said Mr Greiner.
The club funds a series of scholarships and fellowships that see 20 to 25 people travel to Boston to study. These include postgraduate scholarships, including one for an indigenous postgraduate researcher, as well as a range of others for school principals, public servants and not-for-profit leaders.
That level of philanthropy doesn’t come cheaply, with most of the funds raised from the club’s 600 members, a range of partnerships and from putting the profits from its leadership program back into its endowment.
“We hope to get to the point that the scholarships can be funded out of interest on the endowment,” Mr Greiner said.
His experience was a two-year MBA at the top university, graduating in 2000. The experience, he said, was a “privilege”.
“It was the most wonderful opportunity in my life and I’m still very grateful.”
Mr Greiner is six months into his two-year term as president of the Harvard Club of Australia. He said he was constantly surprised by the diversity of the alumni group — including people who have studied divinity, business, politics and health, just for starters. He said their generosity could be informed by their American experience. Harvard’s own endowment is worth $US38 billion ($50bn).
“Certainly, having gone to the US and been exposed to the level of philanthropic activity in universities there changes people’s awareness and understanding of what can be achieved,” Mr Greiner said. “They understand the importance of giving back.”
So was there a reward for the Harvard Club of Australia as a consequence of its exceptional works?
“We got a certificate and the satisfaction that you have to keep going.”