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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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Starry eyed

Science was already a strong passion of mine when I first arrived in Australia from Bangladesh to finish my final two years of schooling. I was…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Science

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…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

It was the O-Week of '69

Jennifer and I first got together while studying at The Australian National University (ANU). We were in the same year at Telopea Park High…

1970-1979AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social SciencesANU College of Business & Economics

A treasure of legacies

Following nearly 17 years working on Australia's development, economic, foreign and public diplomacy engagement I am taking on a new role as Director…

2000-2009AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social SciencesANU College of Asia & the Pacific

ANU has always been part of my life

My relationship with The Australian National University (ANU) is long and intergenerational. I exist because my grandfather, Douglas Pike, came…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Connecting across the world

ANU is a university with global reach. That's how I connected with John Stanner to work for his mining company in Chile. I was doing a double…

2010-2020ChileANU College of Business & EconomicsANU College of LawANU College of Science