Noted Alumni of Australian Universities

Australian Universities train students well and because of this reason there are many successful people who have graduated. The world admires these people and young students aspire to be like the noted alumni of Australian Universities!

University of Sydney Famous Alumni

When it comes to the famous University of Sydney, people can instantly recall big names such as the famous lawmaker, Michael Kirby and the broadcaster, Mary Kostakidis. Others include:

  • Clive James (writer)
  • Opera Singer, Dame Joan Sutherland
  • Charles Perkins (social activist)
  • Noel Pearson (famous advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights)
  • Jacqueline Fernandez (our very famous and beautiful actress)
  • Akhilesh Yadav (the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the son of Mulayam Singh Yadav)

University of Melbourne: Notable Alumni  

The University of Melbourne just like its counterpart in Sydney is famous for training students. Consequently, the world is aware of many famous personalities:

  • Julia Gillard (the most powerful lady former Prime Minister of Australia)
  • Pallavi Sharda (another beautiful actress of Indian origin)
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Julian Assange
  • Peter Singer (famous philosopher)

Macquarie University Notable Alumni

Situated in Sydney, Macquarie University is celebrated as a thriving hub for discoveries. No wonder, the University has a list of famous people who have studied at its sprawling campus. Few of these include:

  • Peter Overton (who studied Economics way back in 1987 and is well known for his anchoring skills)
  • Peter Andren (Australian House of Representatives)
  • Kerry Bartlett (Australian politician)
  • Meredith Burgmann (former President of the New South Wales Legislative Council)
  • Sam Dastyari, (Australian politician)

University of Technology (UTS) Notable Alumni

UTS situated again in Sydney, is a young Australian University has made a difference through leading research and inspiring education. That is why it is very famous amongst aspiring students. Some of the famous associated people include:

  • David Astle – Australian author
  • Shawn Atleo – former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada
  • Charlotte Best – Australian actress and model
  • Judith Beveridge – Australian poet and academic[citation needed]
  • Mervyn Bishop – Australian photographer
  • Genevieve Clay-Smith – Australian filmmaker and inclusion advocate
  • Brooke Corte – Australian journalist and television presenter
  • Pat Cummins – Australian cricketer
  • Nina Curtis – Australian athlete
  • Anh Do – Vietnamese-born Australian actor, author, comedian
  • Bryan Doyle – Australian politician
  • Anna Funder – Australian writer
  • Nikki Gemmell – Australian writer
  • Ross Gittins – economist
  • Todd Greenberg – Australian businessman and sports administrator
  • Kate Grenville – Australian author
  • Sekai Holland – Zimbabwean senator
  • Morris Iemma – Australian politician
  • Hugh Jackman – Australian actor, singer and producer
  • Sonia Kruger – television presenter
  • Joel Labi – news anchor and producer
  • Sophie Lee – Australian actor and author

Besides these famous people attached to these Universities, there are plenty of others who have made significant contributions towards different spheres of professional life. Readers would be surprised to discover that students from the other Universities have also done very well, reflecting the quality of training that is available in Australia. In addition, Australia has a long tradition of hosting well-regarded researchers from around the world and many of Nobel Prize winners have researched and taught at the Universities down under (as they call it)! Here are a few:

  • Peter Doherty:He shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology with another Swiss Professor for their collective discovery about how our immune system recognizes and attacks viruses in our bodies. He was at the University of Melbourne.
  • Andrew Holmes: He actually won a Royal Medal for his work on polymer chemistry. He was again at the University of Melbourne.
  • Professors Barry Marshall and Robin Warren:They are at the University of Western Australia. Their combined work on peptic ulcers earned them a Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2005.
  • Professors Elizabeth Blackburn, Professors Carol Greider and Jack Szostak:These 3 together at the Australian Academy of Science won a Nobel Prize in 2009 for the discovery on the protection of chromosomes.

It should be highlighted that business and science is not just a domain for men. Australia is very particular about a balanced gender distribution. For this reason, many women have contributed significantly towards science and development. The Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE) at Deakin University (located in the state of Victoria) has excellent female representation in domains that were traditionally dominated by males. Out of the total 139 members, 62 are females! Here are a few other recognitions:

  • Dr Georgina Such: In 2011, she received a L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on smart drug delivery. This work was done while she was at the University of Melbourne.
  • Professor Ingrid Scheffer: She bagged the Asia-Pacific L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award (2012) for her research ON epilepsy. She was also at the University of Melbourne at that time.

In a nutshell, if you are thinking of studying at Australia then no doubt that it is a land of opportunities. You can be sure of receiving world-class training!