Ma & Morley Scholarship Program Donor is Chinese businessman and entrepreneur Jack Ma
The Ma & Morley scholars will not just be smart people. They will be ambassadors for responsibility, courage and wisdom - Jack Ma

Ken Morley was a forward-looking man with strong progressive values. His interests took him to China and to form a connection with a young Jack Ma. This friendship helped shape Mr Ma's outlook and perspective which has formed the bedrock of his entrepreneurial success and philanthropic endeavours.

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program honours the remarkable friendship shared by these two inspiring individuals, and the program’s values are the combined legacy of their dreams and aspirations for humanity and our planet.

These values collectively engage with some of the greatest challenges of our time and provide the framework for the ideas, dialogue and action with which scholars will engage through the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program.

Scholars will gain exposure to leaders who are providing local and global solutions to these challenges. Scholars will also take part in a leadership program aligned to the values.

There are no easy solutions to realising these values. No one size fits all answer. No silver bullet. It will require deep, considered thought, dialogue and action among many and diverse people who are connected through meaningful friendships – just like Jack and Ken.

By inspiring, educating, and cultivating the next generation of Australian leaders, the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program aims to empower scholars with the skills and global connections to uphold these values.

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program’s values are:

Peace, demilitarisation and cultural respect

This value touches on the idea that peace is not doves and rainbows – it is the outcome of hard work by courageous and committed groups and individuals. Young people are applauded for being so interested and involved in issues such as climate change, human rights, and individual freedoms, but the challenge is laid down to young change makers to wake up to the sleeping giant of issues facing humanity - peace, demilitarisation and cultural respect.

Equity and justice for all peoples

Equity and justice among all is a win-win that will result in more opportunity and happiness for everybody.

Ethics in entrepreneurship and workers' rights

We can rethink business so that communities, workers and the environment can all benefit.

Environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation

Evidence for Climate Change continues to reinforce the urgent need for change. Caring for the environment and conserving biodiversity is not just a green thing to do, but increases our connection to Country and increases our wellbeing. View the clips below for this value in action:

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.