IU President McRobbie receives award from G'Day USA
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CHICAGO -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has received the U.S. Midwest Award for Outstanding Achievement from G’Day USA, a national public diplomacy program that promotes the relationship between the United States and Australia.
McRobbie, a U.S. citizen who was born and received his education in Australia, accepted the award Jan. 24 at the G’Day USA Australia Day Gala in Chicago.
“The commonalities between Australia and the U.S include a deep commitment to education of the highest quality,” McRobbie said upon accepting the award. “Indeed, providing such an education is one of the principal ways that we can promote equality, expand opportunity and improve the world for future generations. I am enormously proud to lead an institution that, for nearly 200 years, has been dedicated to doing just that through its fundamental missions of education and research.”
McRobbie was introduced at the event through pre-taped remarks delivered by former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana University professor and director of the Center on Congress at IU.
McRobbie, who has served as IU president since 2007, came to IU in 1997 from the Institute of Advanced Study at the Australian National University, where he was a professor of information science and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Computational Systems.
He earned a bachelor’s degree with first class honors from Australia’s University of Queensland and a doctoral degree from Australian National University. In 2007, the University of Queensland awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science. He has also received honorary doctorates from two other Australian universities, the Australia National University in 2010 and Griffith University in 2014. Also in 2010, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, Australia’s national honors system.
Since its inception in 2004, G’Day USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academics and the arts to cultivate and enhance the Australia-U.S. relationship.