Monash University

Monash University, based in Melbourne, is the largest University in Australia.

The Pratt Foundation has been a leading donor to academic and research projects and centres across Monash University. In particular, the Foundation has supported the Faculty of Arts  through the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, the School of Music, the Faculty of Law, through the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service, the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, through its programs on adolescent mental health, and the Faculty of Engineering, through its graduate scholarships.  

Monash University is based in Melbourne, Victoria. It enrols approximately 39,000 undergraduate and 16,000 graduate students from Australia and  overseas, making it the largest university in Australia. 

The philanthropic association with the university began in 1996 when the Pratt Foundation first donated $25,000 for scholarships in the Faculty of Engineering, an annual grant which continued for eight years.  

Subsequent donations from Pratt Philanthropies included $1 million for the Monash University Arts Centre, over $2 million to the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation, and major grants to the Monash Institute of Medical Research. One of Pratt Philanthropies' largest mental health donations has been a seven–year grant  of $2.2 million for a clinical research project on adolescent mental health in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry.


Pratt Philanthropies and Monash

Commenting on the long-standing relationship between Pratt Philanthropies and Monash University, The Pratt Foundation’s CEO, Sam Lipski, said: "The Pratt family gives in order to change things for the better and in order to help people. They are always looking for the cause that will yield the maximum return in the way it benefits those who need the support".

The Pratt Foundation believes it is important to support higher education. "We see partnerships with universities as vital to the development of the economy. But also because any society needs knowledge if it is to be fully rounded and civilised".


  • 1990: Richard Pratt is awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by Monash University in recognition of his service to the manufacturing industry.
  • 1996-2004: Pratt Foundation funds a series of scholarships in the Faculty of Engineering with an annual grant of $25,000 over eight years.
  • 2001-2007: Pratt Foundation funds a $ 2.2 million research project into the treatment of psychosis in adolescents through psychotherapy at the Monash School of Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • 2002: Pratt Foundation provides $1 million to the Performing Arts Centre (School of Music – Conservatorium).
  • 2005: Fiona Geminder ( LLB Monash) champions a $500,000 donation to the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service
  • 2004-2009: The Pratt Foundation commits $1.7 million to endow the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
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