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Thursday 6 August 2015

Welcome to the second edition of the International House e-Fraternitas.

The year has been progressing rapidly for International House. Already semester two is underway, the IH play is approaching, as is National Night, sporting finals and the ever-inspiring Music Night. We are also entering a new phase as the University of Melbourne embarks upon its strategic plan for 2015 - 2020, Growing Esteem.

Welcome to the IH alumni community those who left the college in semester one, 2015. We wish you all the best with your career and we hope you keep us in the loop with your exciting new journey ahead.

As always, we invite your feedback. The final edition of Fraternitas for 2015 will be sent by post at the end of this year. If you need to update your mailing address details, you can do so here


Dr Deborah F. Seifert
Head of College

China - the Constrained Superpower

International House Council Oration
Presented by Dr Geoff Raby on Tuesday 23 June 2015

(Abridged transcript)
China as an emerging power understandably can look threatening. Strategic Analysts often project their historic readings into the present. One very strong thesis, I call the ‘Rising Power Equals Conflict’ thesis, assumes the past will repeat itself, as China rises and seeks strategic space and others, particularly the United States, will have to accommodate that strategic space.

Obviously there have been a lot of analogies drawn between China's rise and the rise of Germany in the 20th Century. Certainly in recent times, we've seen China starting to throw its weight around, particularly in the South China Sea in the islands dispute with Japan. This action, which was surprising and provocative, has been taken by strategic analysts and popular media, as evidence of the "Rising Power Equals Conflict" thesis. We really don't know where this might end, although reviewing in a positive light it can be seen as more reassuring than the conflict thesis. On the other hand, it's certainly not wise to base strategic policy on assertions, assumptions or beliefs about China's intentions...
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Or listen to the podcast on the ABC Radio National website (Big Ideas)

Growing Esteem

The University of Melbourne's Strategic Plan and the impact on International House
The University of Melbourne has released a new blueprint for the future. The new Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020 is an updated vision which will lead us into the next phase of Growing Esteem and will help guide us for the next five years.

In his introduction, Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne describes, “Education is a commitment to sharing knowledge with those who follow. Through education we advance knowledge and add value to people’s lives, along with the expertise and skills to make a better world.”

The plan highlights ten areas which track the measures of success known as the Melbourne Vision. Two measures particularly relevant to International House are...
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2015 Café International

Café International 2015: Festivals of the World
The 2015 Café International: Festivals of the World was a great success, and raised valuable funds for the International House Student Club and the World Wildlife Fund.

If you missed the event, or would like to relive the experience all over again, you can view all the acts on our YouTube Channel.
Date claimer: the 2016 Café International will be Saturday 7 May.

International House opens
the Bobeff Café

L-R: Tom Ilchef (relative of the Bobeff family), son Edward Bobeff, Mrs Anne Bobeff, Mr Peter Bobeff and daughter Sophie Bobeff at the opening of the Bobeff Café on Thursday 7 May 2015.
A café isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of International House. But given Melbourne’s penchant for coffee, and the growing number of students in residence at our college, it is no wonder International House decided to give it a try.

Located in the brand new George Hicks Building, where a new cohort of graduate students have made their home, the café was named in honour of alumnus and long-standing supporter of International House, Mr Peter Bobeff. It was formally opened at a private ceremony on Thursday 7 May 2015.
Mr Bobeff was a Tutor at International House from 1965 – 1967, a member of the International House Council from 1971 – 1987 and was Chair of the Council from 2000 – 2008. His contribution to the House has been immeasurable. During his first year on the Council, Mr Bobeff was part of the decision to admit female residents to International House for the first time.
The Bobeff Café heralds a new opportunity for International House to meet the changing demands of students, in order to remain an innovator and leader in international learning and living.

Upcoming events

Singapore's 50th Anniversary BBQ

Sunday 9 August 2015

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1985 Alumni Reunion

Thursday 3 September 2015

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1995 Alumni Reunion

Thursday 10 September 2015

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2005 Alumni Reunion

Thursday 17 September 2015

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IH alumni profiles

Rebecca Paton
IH resident 1993 - 1995

20 years ago I was living at International House. I was in third year, I was on the Student Club Committee and I loved my room, Greycourt 30.  I was studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry, but wasn't enjoying that nearly as much as I was enjoying college life. At IH I made wonderful memories ... read more.
James Downing
IH resident 2007 - 2011

Since leaving International House, I finished my MBA at RMIT, pursued a short career in consulting at Ernst and Young and realised my passion in creating a startup. Creating a startup was born of this need to use technology, namely the internet, to solve global problems. I realised during my MBA that we have this amazing tool called the internet to connect the world but it is not ... read more.

Reconnect with IH

We welcome involvement from alumni, donors and friends in our community life. Do you have a great story to tell, career advice, or wish to support a student who may not otherwise have the financial means to live at International House? Then consider one of these opportunities:

> Explore guest speaker opportunities
> Become a mentor
> Give to International House

How do IH students live
and learn in 2015?

International Graduate, Egidio Simbine
If you resided at the House some time ago, you will be amazed at how the spirit of Fraternitas is still alive and well, and how much has changed since you were last here.

In this video, Egidio Simbine, who is part of our first cohort of graduate student residents, discusses why he chose to live at International House, and what he loves about college life. 

We welcome visits from our former residents during the year, so please let us know if you wish to drop by and have a look around. We will also be open on Sunday 16 August 2015 for Open Day.

Why giving makes a difference

"I haven't had one defining moment where I've thought, 'I'm an IH-er;' I've just gradually become one, and I have no idea when it happened!"
As the recipient of the International House Dawn Wade Scholarship, Michael Kerrison has been given a unique opportunity to live at a multicultural college and pursue his dream of studying Economics at the University of Melbourne. We sat down with him to find out his experiences so far.
Why did you choose to live at IH?
The scholarship opportunities were a big factor in my decision; IH offers a generous scholarship program for regional students who, like myself, might otherwise have had difficulty finding accommodation. The other key motivation was the culture – or rather, the sheer variety of it. Melbourne is far more multicultural than anywhere I've lived before, and living at IH gives me the chance to really interact with that diversity of culture.

What has been the highlight of your IH experience?
My highlights would have to be the Fresher Dance-Off, ICAC Trivia, and PADACAC (Pool and Darts and Cards and Chess). They're just fantastic opportunities to go out and have fun with IH friends as well as catch up with friends new and old from the other colleges. It's great to feel that extra level of connection.
How has an IH scholarship helped you?
Being granted a scholarship took a lot of the stress out of making a huge, life-changing decision. As a regional student, the options are either attending one of a couple of regional universities or moving to Melbourne, which would have put my parents under an awful lot of financial pressure. Finding out that my IH scholarship application had been successful was an unbelievable relief!

If you could meet your donor, what would you say?
Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to meet my donor and their family. The Wade family has a very strong connection to IH, and it was a very valuable experience to hear all about it. No permutation of 'thank you' can really cover the amazing opportunity they have afforded me.
We seek to attract outstanding students from all over Australia and the world. But the cost of education and accommodation in Melbourne has made the decision to move here financially difficult. If you are interested in supporting a student to live at International House, we would love to hear from you. 

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