Alumni features


The history of ANU is made up of the stories of our alumni. Every alumni story is unique - a snapshot of their ANU experience, enriched by connections made with friends, partners and mentors during the student journey.

Through 75 Features - nostalgic stories of inspiration and overcoming of challenges - we celebrate the incredible spirit of our community of over 129,000 ANU alumni.

We will add new stories throughout our 75th anniversary until we reach 75 stories, so please come back and visit again soon. Or, click on the button below to share your own story with us.

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From student politics to ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer

I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) between 1992 and 1995. Now, I am the Chief Minister and Treasurer of the ACT.

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From debating in the dining room, to the world stage

I grew up in a tiny fishing village in Queensland that has population of around 800 people. I went to public schools and definitely had a very rural upbringing.

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Grades are not everything

For me, going to ANU was about much more than getting good marks. It helped me expand my networks by meeting people I wouldn't otherwise have met.

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My second home

To me, The Australian National University (ANU) is not just an alma mater. ANU is my second home. It's the place that I grew up, both as a young child and intellectually.

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An Aussie kid that ended up at NASA

The people that you meet at ANU, are people you will share a connection with for the rest of your life. That's been true for me, both professionally and personally.

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A musical melting pot

Growing up in Canberra, I knew so many people at school who immediately wanted to move interstate. I wasn't one of those people. In fact, I love…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

An ANU family

My husband, Shahidullah, was coming to Australia to do a masters through an Australian International Development Assistance Bureau scholarship. Since…

1990-1999AustraliaANU College of Health & Medicine

Two choices

My journey to The Australian National University (ANU) was not a straightforward one. I was in my home country of Bangladesh pursuing politics when…

1980-1989BangladeshANU College of Asia & the Pacific

My life changed at ANU

If I had to describe the most unforgettable experience I've had at The Australian National University (ANU), it would be the time when I sat at my…

2020-recentKiribatiANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Referring back to the USSR

I was working as North America Correspondent for the ABC in the week former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev died. The news came in late, our…

2000-2009USAANU College of Arts & Social SciencesANU College of Business & Economics

'I am human. You are human.'

High school wasn't the best time for me. I was quite introverted. So navigating social cliques when I switched into a new school halfway was a…

2010-2020MalaysiaANU College of Business & Economics