Murdoch University has awarded the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) CEO, Jan Owen AM an honorary doctorate.
A highly-regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author, Ms Owen was presented with the honorary doctorate at a graduation ceremony on Friday, in recognition of her significant contribution to Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said it was a great pleasure to present the degree to Ms Owen, who had been a pioneer of the youth sector in Australia for more than 25 years.
“Jan’s efforts to create initiatives that allow our youth to reach their fullest potential is unparalleled,” Professor Leinonen said.
“Her presentation on graduate employability at the Innovative Research Universities Forum last year resonated deeply with the work we are doing here at Murdoch to ensure graduates are ready for the new economy.”
“We need to ensure we support students to be ready for a future of multiple careers and entrepreneurship.”
Ms Owen said receiving the honorary degree was an “enormous privilege.”
“It is a particular pleasure to receive this Honorary Doctorate from Murdoch University,” she said.
“As one of the Top Ranking Young Universities in the world, Murdoch is distinguishing itself in global research and collaborations and diversity of its student population.”
“Receiving an honorary degree is a wonderful recognition by universities of the fact that learning happens in many and diverse ways – formally, informally, by osmosis, through lived experience,” Ms. Owen said.
This honorary degree is a powerful testament to the idea that learning is a lifelong adventure – one I wholeheartedly embrace every day.”
Ms Owen was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence in 2012 and in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney. In 2000 Ms Owen was awarded membership to the Order of Australia.
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