A man whose name is synonymous with Australian Higher Education will receive an honorary doctorate from RMIT University on Friday 23 May.
Professor Robert Dennis Gibson AO, former Chancellor of RMIT and first Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology will be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa.
In a long and distinguished career, Professor Gibson held various positions in which he has shaped Australia's Higher Education sector, including:
- member of the Councils of Bond University and Torrens University;
- advisor to the Irish Higher Education Authority;
- Department Chair to the Australian Research Council;
- being instrumental in creating the Australian Technology Network of universities, which flourishes to this day, providing focus, collaborative strength and policy advocacy for the five universities of technology in Australia; and
- served on the Dawkins review of higher education in the late 1980s that created the unified national system under which QUT and others such as RMIT became universities.
Professor Gibson has a science degree with first class honours from the University of Hull, where he received the University prize in mathematics; and a PhD in a field of applied mathematics, magnetohydrodynamics, from University of Newcastle (UK).
He was awarded a Higher Doctorate of Science in 1987 by the UK Council for National Academic Awards and has honorary doctorates from QUT and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Professor Gibson had a significant career in higher education leadership where he had contributed to major sector-wide reforms.
What: PhD graduation and Honorary Doctorate ceremony
When: Friday 23 May (2pm-4pm)
Where: RMIT University, Storey Hall, 336 Swanston St, Melbourne
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