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Andrew N. Liveris Building at University of Queensland Officially Open

BRISBANE, Australia – The Andrew N. Liveris Building at the University of Queensland (UQ) was officially opened on April 13. In a post on social media, Greek-Australian businessman and philanthropist Andrew N. Liveris AO (Order of Australia) posted about the event, noting that “it was an honor to celebrate this milestone with the Deputy Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Steven Miles, Chancellor of UQ Peter Varghese AO, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry AO.”

“This initiative began in 2010 when the idea was first floated by Professor Paul Greenfield AO and then developed by Peter Hoj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Adelaide; and former Vice-Chancellor and President of UQ,” Liveris continued. “The Liveris Building and the Academy it houses is the physical embodiment of all that my wife Paula and I value – #family, #education, #community, #innovation and #leadership. This was also an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contribution made by Professor Peta Ashworth OAM in creating the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership.”

Video of the event is available online: https://lnkd.in/dwj_YW5U.

The Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership was established to equip a cohort of exceptional young minds with the capacity to take on the most pressing challenges of our time. The Liveris Academy seeks out scholars as diverse as the future’s challenges are complex – empowering students from a range of cultural, socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

Liveris Scholar Amber Spurway, in her speech at the event, said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the things that you did. I share that quote with you attributed to Mark Twain as it aptly describes the mindset that the Liveris Academy entrenches in our thinking. I am certain that 20 years from now, none of the Liveris Academy scholars will have any regrets because we are taught to embrace every opportunity.”

“Although it’s hard to quantify the life-changing impact the Liveris Academy has had on me, I can describe what it means to me in three words, and the first of those is opportunity. I have been part of the Liveris Academy for three years now, and in that time I have been exposed to people and experiences I never could have imagined. Whether that’s in our weekly workshops, where we have the chance to discuss a broad range of topics from sustainability to financial literacy and business skills or our focus topic for this year, digital transformation, or in our exclusive fireside chats with global leaders in their fields including some of you seated in this room. As scholars we are provided with the opportunity of a well-rounded education that exposes us to fields and concepts outside of our degrees so that when we join the workforce we do so better equipped to embrace the opportunities that we are presented with.”

“The second word would be challenging – in a good way of course,” Spurway noted. “Every day the Liveris Academy challenges my perspectives and ideas, and forces me to approach things from new angles.”

“The third and final word is community,” Spurway said. “When you join the Liveris Academy you become part of a family of like-minded people who are there to support you and help you grow. I have made friends for life, who I am excited to watch as they go on to change the world as I have no doubt they will, and who I know are there to support me and help me become a better person.”

“None of this would be possible without Paula and Andrew [Liveris], whose generous support has allowed this to all take place,” Spurway noted. “You have made an immeasurable difference to all our lives. The Liveris Academy is without a doubt a global leader in developing capability in the next generation of change-makers.”

Spurway’s full speech is available online: https://lnkd.in/dx6pW8st.


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