“We’ve reached this goal thanks to more than 43,000 generous supporters who have donated to the university since the campaign began,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
“Reaching our goal more than two years early demonstrates a common belief that the University is at the forefront of meaningful change to our society, pursuing ideas that will shape our future.
“The impact that we can make with $600 million is already being seen on a local, national and global scale. Setting a new target gives us the opportunity to do even more.”
Donations this year to INSPIRED include
- $33.7 million, the largest single research donation in the University of Sydney's history, from Barry and Joy Lambert, to research the medical applications of cannabinoids for chronic illnesses
- $15 million for the establishment of the Chau Chak Wing Museum
- $10.8 million from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation to establish 12 annual nursing scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses
- $5 million to the university’s Charles Perkins Centre to fast-track child health research, given by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children
- $3.6 million raised in 24 hours from 1,000 donors from the Pave the Way online and campus fundraising challenge
- $2 million from sleep apnea expert and University of Sydney Professor Colin Sullivan to bolster research into sleep and its relationship to chronic disease
- $3.6 million from the Abrahams family to establish a chair in oral and systemic health.