The Wakils’ latest gift brings their total giving to the University to almost $46 million.
The University of Sydney has received its largest ever gift: $35 million from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation which will enable construction of the main building within the University of Sydney’s proposed Health Precinct.
In 2015 the Wakils gave an unprecedented $10.8 million to Sydney Nursing School to establish 12 annual nursing scholarships.
“We were inspired by the radical and innovative approach the University of Sydney is taking to address immediate and future healthcare challenges,’’ Isaac Wakil explains.
“Susan and I are pleased to be able to make this project a reality.”
Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM says the Wakils’ donation will have a lasting impact on the community.
“Susan and Isaac Wakil’s incredible generosity will harness greater collaboration between all the health faculties to deliver better healthcare to millions of people,” she says.
The Susan Wakil Health Building will co-locate the faculties of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Sciences, with components of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. It will provide state of the art clinical simulation programs and a multi-service clinic, as well as flexible infrastructure that supports team-based research programs. Construction of the building is expected to be completed in 2019.
In further recognition of the gift, the Faculty of Nursing will be named “The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery”.
The University will also name the professorship held by the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery as “The Susan Wakil Dean’s Professorship of Nursing and Midwifery”; while a second professorship will be called “The Susan and Isaac Wakil Professorship of Healthy Ageing”, in recognition of both donors.
Honorary Associate Professor Ross Steele AM is a longstanding friend of the Wakils and introduced them to the work being done at the University of Sydney.
The Wakils’ gift is the largest donation to the University of Sydney since it was founded in 1850. The campaign to support the University of Sydney is the most successful fundraising campaign in Australian higher education history, having raised over $600 million via philanthropic donations, two years ahead of schedule.