On behalf of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) team, I would like to thank all of our supporters for their support of our bid for the Centre of Excellence for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR). Although the Monash University led bid of which ACFS was a key component was unsuccessful, we did provide a well-developed and cohesive submission, proudly endorsed and supported by the Victorian Government as well as 45 national and international key industry partners. That support reflected the breadth and diversity of the ACFS linkages and was vital in demonstrating the capability and credibility of our bid.
We were very heartened by this high level of support and we look forward to maintaining and building on our existing relationships and in developing new avenues for partnership between industry and academe.
ACFS would also like to congratulate the members of winning CIFR bid led by University of New South Wales, and congratulate John Trowbridge who has been appointed as interim Director of the Centre for International Finance and Regulation. It is indeed a very exciting and challenging time ahead for John and his team. ACFS is pleased to note that we currently work with a number of the winning consortium members individually.
Again, thank you to all of you who have provided formal and informal support for our Centre. We look forward to building on our strengths as we move forward.