ANU 2016 Annual report: Building on 70 years of success

14 June 2017

The ANU 2016 Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today, acknowledged the University's achievements over seven decades and pointed to the major successes in research and education in 2016.

ANU celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016, and Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt AC took over as the University's Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Schmidt said the University's key role in proving the existence of gravitational waves for the first time, 100 years after Albert Einstein first predicted them, was one of the key research highlights for the year.

"ANU researchers were also involved in the discovery of the world's oldest fossil proving life on earth was thriving 3.7 billion years ago," he said, "This changed our understanding of how life evolved on a young planet."

Professor Schmidt also acknowledged philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell for their personal contribution to fund a major expansion of the prized Tuckwell Scholarship Program at ANU.

"We are grateful to philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell who made a record-breaking philanthropic contribution of $100 million that will enable us to build two student residences," Professor Schmidt said.

Strengthening its commitment to gender equality, the University became an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) pilot program, whereby ANU will identify areas for improvement in gender equality. ANU also pledged a 50:50 gender balance in the University's leadership by 2021. 

ANU won $43 million in funding from the Australian Research Council for 91 projects, including a project to clean up space junk and another to repatriate Indigenous human remains.

The University also undertook a major review of the School of Music that led to a $12.5 million investment to secure the school's future.

Underscoring partnerships and links to business and the community, the Australian Signals Directorate announced $12 million to build a new cyber facility at ANU to ensure the skills needed for future challenges.

The ANU 2016 Annual Report can be found here: http://www.anu.edu.au/about/plans-reviews.