Spotlight

Our success starts with our alumni whose achievements are a direct reflection on our standing as one of the best education and research institutions in the world. Many have gone on to prominence. They have made – and continue to make – their marks and achieve excellence in a variety of fields such as business, medicine, arts, and the government.

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Graham Tuckwell »

The aim has been to create the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in Australia. The generous people behind this are Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise. The Tuckwell Scholarship program promotes their visionary scope and is backed by a $50...
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Dr Andrew Kam »

Tell us about your experience of learning and living at ANU? I choose ANU because of its reputation and expertise in the area of Asian and Pacific economic studies. The high standards and reputation of the department and faculty members are well...
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Fiona Skerman »

Following her passion for complex maths problems has been just the ticket that ANU graduate Fiona Skerman needed to see the world. Fiona graduated from ANU in 2011 and is currently completing her PhD in pure mathematics at Oxford University. “I am...
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Hon Jane Garrett »

Jane was born and raised in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. She is married and has three children. Jane graduated from ANU in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Law. She was admitted to legal practice in 2000 and worked as...
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Ian Wishart »

Ian is one of Australia's most experienced development professionals and is currently the CEO of the Australian branch of Plan International. For the past 22 years he has been involved in virtually every aspect of helping children, including...
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Thomas Kaydor »

2014 was a big year for Crawford graduate Thomas Kaydor who celebrated his graduation, published a book and was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Integration of Liberia. The Master of Public Policy student...

Roger Armstrong AFSM »

Mr Armstrong's early career in fire management involved fire suppression activities as a front line fire fighter, and a practitioner of prescribed burning in the south-west of WA. He subsequently developed additional skills, knowledge and experience...
Paul Hohnen

Paul Hohnen »

When were you a student and what did you study? I did the combined Arts/Law degrees, commencing straight from school in 1969 and finishing in 1973.  On the law side, I ended up specializing in international law, working under the late and great Jack...
Sotiris Dounoukos

Sotiris Dounoukos  »

Sotiris Dounoukos (BA ’96, LLB (Hons) ’96, GDLP ’96) isn’t your typical law graduate. After graduating from ANU he went on to a career in law. However, Sotiris left that world to pursue an equally-demanding and challenging career as a film-maker. He...
Charlene Harris

Charlene Harris »

Born in California, Charlene moved to Adelaide before finding her way to Canberra as an eight year old. Her talents in Taekwon-Do were recognised at an early age, and she earned her black belt at 12. Two years later she was promoted to the rank of...
Rob Wiblin

Rob Wiblin »

We recently had the chance to sit down with rising young alumnus Rob Wiblin (BSc/BEc (Hons) ’12), Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism in Oxford. We reminisced with Rob about his time at ANU, found out more about his career in...
Samuel Fernandes

Samuel Fernandes »

“Working on a solar lighting project led to my interest in renewable energy, and ANU’s reputation in solar energy brought me to Canberra.” Samuel Fernandes’ interest in renewable energy has taken him from Mumbai to Australia and now to America....
Dr Paul Paterson

Dr Paul Paterson »

What attracted you to ANU?  The initial attraction of ANU was its high quality Master of Economics by coursework, with exceptional lecturers including John Niland (labour economics), Stephen Turnovsky (macroeconomics), Bob Gregory (course convenor)...
Letina Connelly

Letina Connelly »

How did ANU shape you? Fundamentally my ANU experience taught me how to learn, organise my time, be accountable for deliverables and be consistently curious – constantly questioning why is something the case. ANU gave me the confidence that if I...
Jennie Cameron

Jennie Cameron AM »

The student experience is not uniform, nor is it one size fits all. Jennie Cameron started at the University in 1986 as a mature aged student. “I was married shortly after arriving at the ANU – and that was interesting in the context of Canberra at...
Dr and Mrs Paul Chan

Dr Paul Chan »

“It was around July 1971 when I received a telegram from Professor Heinz Arndt informing me of the offer of a PhD Scholarship at ANU,” said Dr Paul Chan, founder of and now Vice- Chancellor and President of HELP (Higher Education Learning Philosophy...
Tim Overall

Tim Overall »

In 1966, Tim Overall started an economics degree. In 1966, Tim Overall’s number was called. It was the call for military service for the Vietnam War. He received a letter at his family home in Canberra. “My first reaction was to ring all my friends...
Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike OAM »

"I originally wanted to study film, so I did the closest I could do: English and History,” says Andrew Pike, now Managing Director of Ronin Films and founder of Electric Shadows Cinema. "But really, my training and university experience was a...
Dr Richard Barwick

Dr Richard Barwick »

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Richard Barwick (1929-2012) enjoyed a long and event-filled career built on his love for nature and the outdoors. Richard spent most of his career as a vertebrate zoologist, paleontologist, Antarctic explorer and...
Megan Stoyles

Megan Stoyles »

Pete Hamill wrote for the New York Post: "The girl's name was Megan Stoyles and she had a marvellous chest bouncing beneath a white tee-shirt with the words Make Love Not War stencilled across the front. In about 13 seconds she had attracted half...

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