Dean's Letter: 2021 Semester 2 Farewell

A message from Professor Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Dear students,

You have made it to the end of another challenging semester, studying under difficult circumstances - well done.

For those who have already completed their studies this year, I hope you’re enjoying a well-deserved break. And for those with exams to sit and papers to submit, you’re almost there - good luck!

For our soon-to-be graduates, you will join a distinguished and generous alumni community with more than 43,000 thousand members across 104 countries. We hope you take pride in your degree and feel accomplished by your academic efforts in attaining it.

There are lifelong learning opportunities at the University of Melbourne and with the foundations of this University grounded in research excellence, there are many options for further study. For those pursuing those opportunities and articulating into graduate study next year, I look forward to welcoming you back to campus in 2022.

Despite the ongoing impact and interruptions of COVID-19, it has been a big year for the Faculty. In August, we launched the Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership, jointly with Melbourne Business School - a centre committed to the pursuit of business leadership for Australia’s First Nations people in the economic life of this country.

Associate Professor and Director of Dilin Duwa, Michelle Evans, said, “Indigenous businesses are vibrant and operate in every sector of the economy. But very little is known about them. Our research will bridge this data gap and provide an understanding of the sector, the levers and its impact.”

The future looks bright for the Faculty of Business and Economics. I look forward to seeing many of you back on campus after the summer break.

Happy Holidays,