Galarrwuy Yunupingu awarded honorary doctorate

August 15 / 164

Galarrwuy Yunupingu has been awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Melbourne
Galarrwuy Yunupingu has been awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Melbourne


Gumatj leader and Yothu Yindi Foundation chairman Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University during a special ceremony in northeast Arnhem Land.

The honour was announced at the 17th annual Garma.

University of Melbourne Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil said the award of an Honorary Doctor of Laws to Dr Yunupingu was to recognise and celebrate the significance of his work for Indigenous rights.

“The Honorary Doctor of Laws is the University’s highest academic honour,” Professor Sheil said.

“Dr Yunupingu’s relentless struggle for land rights and advocacy for the agency of his people have profoundly advanced the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.

“Dr Yunupingu has received the award of the Doctor of Laws honoris causa in recognition of the fire he has lit that will blaze ever brighter until Indigenous people secure their self-evident rights to property, their own way of life, economic independence and control over their lives and the future of their children.”

Dr Yunupingu said it was an honour to receive the doctorate.

"Education is at the heart of everything we do," he said. 

"Each year, the Garma gathering reminds us of our duty to pursue knowledge, to discover, to learn and to teach, so that every individual can reach their full potential."

Professor Glenn Bowes, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Professor Ian Anderson, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement) attended the formal ceremony.

Story by Louise Bennet

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