The University of Queensland has received its largest ever gift by an alumnus, with Professor Christopher Chen (pictured, second from left) donating $10.5 million to the institution. Chen’s gift will fund the development of reproductive medicine with global impact at the university, through the creation of a chair of reproductive medicine.
”The university is humbled by the generosity of such an outstanding alumnus with truly global impact,” said University of Queensland vice-chancellor Professor Peter Høj.
Chen, who is credited with the world’s first in vitro fertilisation triplet pregnancy, hopes the chair of reproductive medicine will have benefits far beyond the reach of the university.
“My greatest hope is that the chair will be able to expand upon the research I began over 30 years ago, and achieve medical advances that will benefit the university, academia, and all mankind,” Chen said.
University of Queensland’s health sciences executive dean Professor Nicholas Fisk said the chair has already attracted top quality candidates from around the world.
“The prospect of recruiting a world-leader in reproductive medicine as the inaugural Chair to lead the University’s research efforts is humbling and exciting,” Fisk said.
Chen operates the Christopher Chen Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Singapore. He is an honorary Professor at University of Queensland and a conjoint Professor of the University of Newcastle.
Greg Johnson is the editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.