Alumnus Hugh Jackman honoured at UTS 20-year celebration

Hugh Jackman receives award at recent UTS 20th anniversary gala dinner

Hugh Jackman receives award at recent UTS 20th anniversary gala dinner

Australian star of screen and stage Hugh Jackman received two prestigious awards from the University of Technology, Sydney at a gala dinner last night marking the University’s 20th anniversary.

Jackman who graduated from UTS in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication was awarded the 2008 Chancellor's Alumni Award for Excellence, previously awarded to Luca Belgiorno-Nettis (2007) and the Hon. Justice Tricia Kavanagh (2006).

Jackman also received the UTS Towering Achievement Award, a special award celebrating the University's anniversary.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said Hugh Jackman had often acknowledged his time at UTS in interviews he had conducted during the years of his growing international success.

“The University is proud to have contributed to shaping an individual of such inestimable qualities and we wish him the very best for the years ahead, which are sure to bring him even greater acclaim,” Professor Milbourne said.

Held at the Hilton Hotel on Friday evening, the dinner was the formal highlight in series of celebratory events marking the 20 years since the NSW Institute of Technology became the University of Technology, Sydney.

On Thursday, 22 May, Professor Tim Flannery delivered the inaugural Annual Anniversary Address. The 2007 Australian of the Year presented a compelling argument about climate change and the important ecological leadership role world cities and their world city universities must play to ensure our future.

Staff, students and the general public can share in the celebrations by visiting the Past, Present, Future exhibition in the newly refurbished foyer of the UTS Tower on Broadway.

UTS 20th Anniversary celebrations will be capped off by an afternoon of student celebrations followed by a party to end the autumn semester. The party, Swing Back to Broadway, will feature a 10 piece big band, the Velvet Set, Swingtime Australia dancers and a fireworks display.

Photographer: Joanne Saad