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Dear Friend

2017 is International House’s 60th anniversary! To celebrate we are holding many exciting events throughout the year that we encourage you to attend.

This special year began with the opening of the new Multi-Purpose Study Room which provides much needed study space for our growing community. In February and March we celebrated with lively orientation week activities, and the undergraduate and graduate commencement dinners at which a commemorative 60th birthday cake was cut by our student committee presidents. In April, our guest speaker Professor Paul Kofman presented certificates to all 2017 scholarships recipients at the Scholars’ Dinner.

This year IH will host reunions for alumni from 1957-1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. Café Internationale will be a highlight of the year as it celebrates 60 years at IH. The premier event of 2017 is our 60th anniversary dinner and we would be delighted to have you join us if you are in Melbourne on Saturday 12 August.
Other events planned for the year include a photography and memorabilia display in July and, of course our annual Oration with special guest speaker Sarah Ferguson.

I do hope that you will be able to join us at one of our many 60th anniversary events.
On behalf of IH, thank you for your ongoing involvement.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Deborah Seifert AM
Head of College 
Vi Peterson

Welcoming our New Deputy Head

International House is delighted to welcome Dr Nicholas Hill, as the new Deputy Head of IH. Dr Hill, who is originally from the UK, has worked previously at the University of Melbourne as an academic in Cultural Patronage and Diplomacy, then as Director, External Affairs, for the Australia Asia Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Nick is a Director of the James Morrison Academy, Creating Australia and Secretary to the Cultural Development Network.

Dr Hill is excited to be working within such a vibrant and diverse community, especially during IH's 60th anniversary year. 

IH 60th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 12 August 2017

This special event will celebrate the 60 years since International House was established and honour the alumni and supporters who have helped to make this college great. 

The guest speaker will be Khun Mechai Viravaidya, International House alumnus (1961) and council member (1999-2003), Thai politician and activist who championed the need for condoms, family planning and AIDS awareness in Thailand. Book here.
International House campus

2017 Tutorial and Guest Speaker Program

Academic support is an important part of the House experience. At International House, the tutorial program is the centrepiece of this support. This year the program has expanded with almost 80 tutorials conducted each week across all undergraduate degree areas. Read more →

Scheps, Wadham and Clunies bedroom renovations

Opening of the Multi-Purpose Study Room

Our new Multi-purpose Study Room was officially opened by IH Chair of Council Mrs Vi Peterson on Saturday 11 February 2017. This new area which is located on the ground floor of the Founders building provides much needed study space for all students, and an additional project room for small group work in close proximity to the current library and information technology laboratory.

The International House Collection

Endorsed as an Official Cultural Collection of the UoM

The International House Collection – comprising the IH archives, artworks, building fragments, furniture, decorative arts, trophies and other objects – has recently been endorsed as an official Cultural Collection of the University of Melbourne.

The University is the custodian of more than thirty cultural collections. These include the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne Archives, the Grainger Museum and the Medical History Museum. The collections are used in teaching, research and engagement activities. Read more →
2016 Cafe International: A Night on Broadway

2017 Café Internationale: 60 Years

Saturday 13 May, 6.30pm. International House student club presents an evening of fine dining and entertainment. Let us take you on a journey back in time as we celebrate 60 years of IH! Read more →

The Peter Cole Award

To honour past Deputy Head Peter Cole and his contribution to International House, Council has established the Peter Cole Award for a current resident of IH.

We are so thankful for Peter's work at International House over the past eleven years. He lives on in the minds and actions of so many he taught, mentored and guided through their youth and emerging adulthood. 
Peter had such a commitment to the values of International House. He welcomed and affirmed diversity and saw every student as unique and full of their own wonderful potential. He knew IH, he loved IH, he lived IH. 

Peter loved working with young people and guiding them to achieve their academic and personal goals. He would sit down with those who weren’t quite as focused as they might be, and ask what was happening, were they homesick, were they having trouble settling into a routine – he cared so much about his students. He also instilled a love of learning and a curiosity for finding about other people’s lives. 

Peter could motivate, persuade and negotiate with students, and very quickly gained the respect of all. He always had time for students and they always were treated with compassion. Perhaps the best of all answers to Peter’s loss is the continuing affirmation of the lives he would want us all to live.

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IH Offshore Events

As part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations, special offshore events will be held in April in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Read more →

RSVP for an IH Reunion

1957-1967 - Thursday 25 May →
1977 - Thursday 18 May →
1987 - Thursday 31 August →
1997 - Thursday 7 September →
2007 - Tuesday 19 September →
Share your IH stories for our history project


Alumni Stories From the 1950-60s

Watch the stories of our early-years residents and founding members, and discover how much you didn't know about International House's establishment in Melbourne.

View the stories from our early years →

Got a memory to share?

This year IH celebrates 60 years, and we would love to hear from you!

Share your memories →

IH Merchandise

Never forget your time at IH with your very own piece of merchandise. Check out our range online, and place your order via email or over the phone.

Order IH merchandise online →

2016 Fraternitas

If you didn't receive the 2016 mailed copy of 'Fraternitas' which had a greater range of IH and alumni updates, you can read it online.

Read the 2016 Fraternitas →

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