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OUR STORIES. OUR LEGACY. OUR ALUMNI.

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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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…

1990-1999AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

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…

2000-2009AustraliaANU College of Business & Economics

From lecturer to friend

While sitting in Moeen Cheema's legal theory lectures at ANU, I never imagined that years later I'd be hosting him for dinner in Islamabad. The…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Business & EconomicsANU College of Law

You'd find me at Union Bar

Years on from graduating from The Australian National University (ANU), I think the social learnings were equally important to the academics. I…

1970-1979AustraliaANU College of Business & Economics

Masters of Memories

When I started my master's at The Australian National University (ANU) I was curious as to why an institution of such prestige and history would have…

2020-recentAustraliaANU College of Business & Economics

A life-changing experience

The whole community was behind me while I was studying at ANU. They looked after me while I was pregnant and welcomed my whole family. I came…

2010-2020GhanaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences