Alumni of Distinction Awards Program

Learn about the Faculty of Business and Economics Alumni of Distinction Awards program.

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About the Program

The Faculty of Business and Economics wishes to recognise alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen profession, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities through their endeavours. To this end, the Business and Economics Alumni Council established an annual Alumni of Distinction Awards program.

Alumni of this Faculty reflect our legacy, with more than 66,000 alumni around the world. The Alumni of Distinction Awards program raises awareness of our alumni and honours their outstanding contribution to government, business, education and the not-for-profit sector.

Alumni of Distinction awards are presented annually at the Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics Dinner.

Award Categories

Over the years, the Awards program categories have evolved, and the selection criteria refined, to best recognise the achievements of our alumni.

  • Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

    An individual who is aged 35 and under and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen, over a period of at least five years.

  • Leadership Award

    An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.

  • Outstanding Achievement Award

    An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

    An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem over time.

Nomination and selection process

All alumni of the Faculty of Business and Economics in any location are eligible to be nominated for an award.

A Nomination Panel including members from the Business and Economics Alumni Council and Young Alumni Committee, previous Alumni of Distinction Award recipients and senior Faculty and wider University staff will nominate alumni annually.

The Due Diligence Panel, consisting of the three Business and Economics Alumni Council Vice-Chairs will review all nominations and prepare a short-list of candidates to put forward to the Selection Panel for consideration. The Selection Panel consists of the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Chair of the Business and Economics Board, the Chair of the Foundation and the Chair of the Business and Economics Alumni Council.