UNSW Chancellor David Gonski and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer have honoured nine new major donors who have each given more than $1 million to University projects.

UNSW now has 47 million dollar-plus donors.

"Tonight we honour some of the very important people who make this University what it is," said Mr Gonski. "This institution could not reach the heights of success and achievement it seeks without support and involvement from committed friends of the University."

The Vice-Chancellor said donor support was vital to the University's success.

"The University is doing well but we always face challenges. What we do requires funds and donor support makes the difference. Many of our projects such as the new COFA galleries, the Tyree Energy Technologies Building along with investment in ground breaking research and in scholarships for students, are supported by philanthropic giving to UNSW," Professor Hilmer said.

Thanks to the generosity of all of our donors, the University's philanthropic income has grown from $5.6 million in 2006 to $18.1 million in 2010. From 2009 to 2010 the number of donors to the University increased by 20 per cent.

For the list of million dollar-plus donors, check the Giving to UNSW website.

Contact: Nicky Lancaster, UNSW Foundation | n.lancaster@unsw.edu.au | 02 9385 8416