ANU receives IU bicentennial medal

5 December 2019

ANU has been awarded a special medal from Indiana University (IU) made from old bells salvaged from the university's Bloomington campus.

The medal was presented to our Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt at a recent visit that he, and members of the ANU executive made to North America.

The universities share a special and longstanding partnership, with collaboration growing in a number of new areas including cybersecurity, public policy and public health.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie AO, who graduated from ANU with a PhD in philosophy in 1979 and was named ANU Alumnus of the Year in 2015, presented the medal to Professor Schmidt on behalf of the entire ANU community in recognition of the partnership.

The Vice-Chancellor was joined on the visit by Vice-President Jane O'Dwyer, Professor Jane Golley, Director of the Centre on China in the World, Associate Professor Michael Clarke from the National Security College and Paul Harris, Director of the ANU North American Liaison Office.

"We look forward to working closely with IU staff and students as they celebrate their bicentennial and enter their third century," Paul said.

IU traces its history back to the establishment of its first school on the 20th of January 1820.

Professor McRobbie became President of IU in 2007 helping to build it to be one of the largest universities in the United States, with seven campuses and nearly 100,000 degree-seeking students.

He is leading IU's bicentennial celebrations through the 2019-20 academic year, which includes the presentation of the bicentennial medal to individuals and organisations who have broadened the reach of IU around the state, the nation and the world.

In 2009, ANU and IU jointly established the Pan-Asia Institute (with Michael Clarke as the academic lead from Australia) which brings together our complementary strengths in the study of Asian cultures, politics and languages.

ANU and IU also recently collaborated on a project (led by the ANU College of Law and also including the University of Maryland and other US colleagues) on the backlash against global norms and institutions, funded through our internal Global Research Partnerships Scheme.

On this recent visit, ANU also signed two new exchange agreements for Masters students in public policy and in public health. The universities also discussed further strengthening collaboration in cybersecurity - teaching, research and operations - as a follow-on from a joint workshop in Washington DC in 2018, and a visit to Canberra by IU colleagues in May this year.

For more information on the Partnership between ANU and IU, contact Paul Harris at the University's North America Liaison Office.

Please contact Paul Harris in NALO for more information on the partnership with Indiana.