Celebrating 50 years of the UNSW Master of Commerce Program

Wednesday, 2 October 2013  Features

Over 100 alumni gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney to celebrate 50 years of the iconic Master of Commerce program. The reception followed the Meet the CEO event which featured IBM Managing Director, and Master of Commerce graduate, Andrew Stevens (MCom '88).

Professor Chris Adam, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programs cut the impressive ​cake and in a lively speech discussed both the things that have changed with the MCom program and those that have endured.

In 1963 the first Master of Commerce students graduated from UNSW. There were three men in this inaugural cohort - one Australian, one Burmese and one Vietnamese. By contrast, 386 students graduated from the MCom program in 2012, 53% of them female.

Professor Chris Adam said the Master of Commerce clearly encouraged international students from its earliest days, ​and that pattern is with us today as around 70% of current enrolments are international students. MCom alumni have continued a tradition of being diverse in the careers they pursued: of the first three graduates, one went on to work as an academic in Canada, one worked in the financial sector in Australia and one worked for government overseas. In recent times, we have maintained this diversity with graduates among university Vice-Chancellors, senior managers in the public and private sectors (such as Kerrie Mather, MCom '84, CEO of Sydney Airport), high ranking staff in government departments, entrepreneurs (such as Mark Bouris, MCom '79, founder of Yellow Brick Road), bankers and financiers, and those working for not-for-profits (such as Dr Jennifer Alexander, MCom '90, CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians).​​