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Vice Chancellor to head chair at Harvard committee

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Administtratsive Services



The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor David Derham, has been appointed Chairman of the committee which will advise Harvard authorities and the Australian Government on the Chair in Australian Studies to be endowed at Harvard by the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Fraser, on 30 July 1976.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Administrative Services, Senator R.G. Withers, said endowment of the Chair with a gift of $US1,000,000 was Australia's major contribution to .celebra­ tions of the Bicentennial of the US Declaration of Independence.

' Senator Withers said Professor Derham would attend the endowment ceremony and later have discussions with the President of Harvard, Dr Derek C. Bok, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dr Henry Rosovsky.

He would also accompany the Prime Minister to Washington.

The committee to be headed by Professor Derham would be known as the Friends of the Australian Studies Endowment Fund at Harvard. It would be established by the Australian Government.

The committee would advise the Chair in Australian Studies Advisory Committee at Harvard on long range planning and supervision of the Chair and its associated program.

Senator Withers said that on his way to Harvard, Professor Derham would stop at San Francisco to officially han over the Australian gift of six koalas to the U.S. people. T e handover ceremony will take place on 26 July 1976.

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CANBERRA, ¬ę2\ July 19 76