Professor Merilyn Liddell, President of RMIT International University Vietnam and a Pro Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, has been appointed a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia.
Professor Liddell is a current Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and has been a Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture Society and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
From 2003 to 2007, Professor Liddell was Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of the Malaysia campus of Monash University.
She was involved in the establishment of medical school in Kuala Lumpur, with the teaching hospital in Johor Baru, the first overseas medical school to be fully accredited by the Australian Medical council. Under her leadership the university not only developed academic research in the full range of disciplines, but also developed a community focus – for example she co-developed a community-based program for the teaching of English to rural children.
Professor Liddell is now overseeing the rapid expansion of RMIT Vietnam, including the nearly 130 billion Vietnam Dong ($US7 million) development of a sports and leisure complex and student accommodation and planning for a proposed new academic building.
The award has been presented for services to tertiary education and administration, particularly in the discipline of medicine, and to cross-cultural exchange and co-operation with Malaysia.
A number of RMIT alumni were also honoured, as part of an annual custom in Australia to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the nation.