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• UNIV 2018: Rethinking the future


A Chinese proverb says that “the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world.”

We live in a complex world, in a fabric of relationships that connect people and generations in a world where the past is intertwined with the present and where today is fruit of the visions, decisions and actions of the people who have preceded us.  It is a beautiful, but at the same time, tormented world. It is our heritage and our mission.

Do you have a dream? Are you a rebel, a non-conformist, a dreamer? Do you see things as they are or how they could be?

Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? These are the great questions that resound within you, the university student. In the process of knowing yourself, you can discover the role you play in the world and consider the way you can concretely change society. Rethinking the future means taking a chance, and taking action.

Life is a story that is written in first person, but no one can write it without counting on others. No human life is ever isolated. It is bound up with other lives. No man or woman is a single verse; we all make up one poem (1).

During your university years, you will acquire the necessary tools to understand history and to write the next chapter.  Essential  tools  are  listening  and memory, which lead us to appreciate the opportunity to find dialogue, openness, and intersubjectivity. In these encounters, one´s passion for the world awakens and true answers to problems arise. We need conversations and friends who will collaborate to change this world.

A single individual is enough for hope to exist,and that individual can be you. And then there will be another “you,” and another “you,” and it turns into an “us.” And so, does hope begin when we have an “us?” No. Hope began with one “you.” When there is an “us,” there begins a revolution (2).

Fifty years ago, the youths’ restlessness pushed them to lead a revolution that overthrew many points of reference in society, but did not propose constructive solutions. In the search for answers, freedom was confused with an absence of rules, and so the student protests of May 1968 fell short of the authentic greatness of the human person.

Today, the word ‘revolution’ implies an invitation to change as well as   a certain fear of this change. But the young are brave, and not every revolution is a threat. Is it not human to perceive the insufficiencies of the present and to overcome them? For a change to be effective, each paradigm needs to be reflected on. If we do not reach the causes, principles and ends that are true to the dignity of all men, a revolution will not achieve its goal, but will end in chaos and destruction.

It is necessary to live up to what we have. Rethinking the future begins with you, now. The world challenges you. The simple condemnation of the problems is not enough.

Let us discover the heroes of our times and of all time – people who detected a problem and knew how to turn it into an opportunity for the good – to thank them and learn from their wisdom. Innovation drinks from the deep roots of tradition. We see further when standing on the shoulders of giants (3) … and now it is our turn.

Will you put your creativity, initiative and courage into play? Do you want to become a protagonist of the story?

With your friends, in the university and in the street, UNIV 2018 invites you to reflect on a specific problem and

start a revolution, even if it seems small. This challenge requires thinking deeply, discovering the causes of a negative situation and the different ways of confronting them. We cannot continue working and living on unstudied assumptions, relying on time to make things better. It is necessary to obtain the right information, and to act upon it with the enthusiasm and the commitment of youth. There is much to do.

Think about it: if not you, who? And if not now, when?


1 St. Josemaría Escrivá, Christ is Passing By, 111.

2 Pope Francis, Ted Talk, April 2017.

3 Isaac Newton, “Letters of Sir Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke”.


• Guest Speakers

Dr Annmarie Hosie RN PhD Post-doctoral Research Fellow IMPACCT – Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation, University of Technology Sydney ‘On becoming a palliative and aged care researcher’

Ms Gia-Yen Luong BSc LLB(Hons) Classroom Teacher – Rosebery Middle School, NT “Looking back to find a way forward”

Ms Karina Kwan Group Support Services Finance, Financial Services,
Commonwealth Bank of Australia ‘Do you have what it takes to be successful?’

Dr Ximena ‘Nina’ O’valle Educator, Board Member Reledev Australia ‘Beginnings of Creston College…’

Associate Professor Muireann Irish ARC Future Fellow  School of Psychology and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney   ‘Finding your voice – challenges and opportunities as women in academia’

Associate Professor LOUISE-LUTZE MANN, Deputy Head of School  Director of Teaching  School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  The University of NSW

Professor Emerita SUZANNE RUTLAND  OAM, Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies, University of Sydney   ‘At the Edge of the Diaspora: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Mr David BEALE, Entrepreneur and Engineer,  Benefactor for the UNSW Women in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship:

Mrs AGNES BARNARD, International Market Strategist and Community Development Volunteer, ‘Young Australians working with Refugees:  D.R.E.A.M. Australia  Developing, Rebuilding, Educating And Mentoring Australia’

Professor MINOTI APTE OAM, 2015 NSW Woman of the Year, Director, Pancreatic Research Group, Faculty of Medicine UNSW;  Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool Hospital ‘When Opportunity Knocks…Adapting to Life’s Twists and Turns’

Dr URSULA SANSOM-DALY, PhD, Clinical Psychology Registrar & Post-doctoral Research Fellow. ‘Ten things I have learnt about “work-life balance” – with a little help from my (real and fictional) friends’

Dr VALENTINE MUKURIA, PhD MBA, International Business, Curriculum Advisor, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, University of Western Sydney, ‘Dare to dream…’

Ms KAREN YAGER, Dean of Studies, Knox Grammar School; English Method Lecturer, UNSW, Living life as if everything is a miracle…’

Professor WAI FONG CHUA,  UNSW Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), BA and  PhD, Sheffield   FCA   FCPA, Plan a Little & Live a Lot

Dr MICHELLE SANSON, International Lawyer & Humanitarian, Protecting Civilians: Humanitarian Stories from the Field

Scientia Professor VEENA SAHAJWALLA, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT); Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia “Green Materials: Our New Resource via Recycling End-of-Life Polymers in Steelmaking – An example of successful translation of research and innovation into industry”

Ms SELENA HOOPER, BSc LLB UNSW, Director Kenvale College, “Where does a complete university education take you?”

Professor SIMONE DEGELING, Co-Director – Private Law Research & Policy Group, UNSW,  BCom (with Merit) LLB UNSW., LLM (with Merit) UCL., DPhil Oxon “Trust your Talents”

Dr ANNE ZAHRA, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Waikato Business School, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; Adjunct Professor, The University of Notre Dame, Sydney “Indigenous Worldviews: Why and how indigenous peoples are claiming their voice”

Dr ELENA DE JUAN-PARDO, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland “Biomedical Engineering & Cancer Therapy”

Professor MARIA A. FIATARONE SINGH, MD FRACP, John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, Exercise,  Health and Performance Research Group, The University of Sydney   “How to Find the Meaning in your Life’s Work”

Dr MICHELE MADIGAN, Senior Lecturer, School of Optometry & Vision Science, UNSW “Optometry and Pathology: Eye Wonder (and Still Do)”

Professor DENISE DOIRON, Head of School, Australian School of Business, UNSW  “A not so dismal view of the dismal science”

Dr GRACE WARREN A.M. S.Pk.M.D. (Syd)., M.S., F.R.C.S., F.R.A.C.S. F.AOrthA. D.T.M.& H.(Syd) “ Broadened horizons: a professional and personal perspective”

Dr CARMEN SOFIA BRENES, Professor, Faculty of Communications, University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile  “How to watch the First 10 Minutes of a Film”

Ms CLARE CANNON, BA, MA, Editor of the Good Reading Guide and Manager of Portico Books located in Sydney CBD “Completing your education through good reading”

Dr MELANIE WEBB, Medical doctor, World Champion Wind-surfer, Olympiad  “The highs and lows of managing work-life balance”

Ms MARIE-CHANTAL BERTINAZZO, BMus Hons, Harpist/Soprano  “A Short History of Music: a Harp’s Perspective”

Dr LOUISE LUTZE-MANN, Senior Lecturer, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) UNSW   “Everything I needed to know, I found in magazines”

Dr  ROBERTA AUGIMERI, MB BS Honours (Syd) Dip Obs, Family GP,  “Personal and professional insights of a wife, mum and doctor”

Ms SOPHIE YORK, DHS, BA, LLB, GDLP, Barrister, Member of the Naval Legal Reserve Panel, Law Lecturer in Advocacy and Jurisprudence and Author “Take advantage of just being in the right place at right time”

Ms KATRINA GEORGE, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Western Sydney “Equality? To what end?  Forum on the concept of marriage in contemporary Australia”

Dr CATHERINE BOND, Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of Research, School of Law, UNSW. “The 5 things you need to know about intellectual property before you graduate”

Ms MICHELLE DEYOUNG, Head of Organisational Development, Guardian Childcare Alliance “Who is following you and where exactly are you leading them?”