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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Our stars aligned at ANU

Funnily enough, I came to The Australian National University because it starts with 'A'.  I was studying astronomy in Italy and had a list of…

2000-2009AustraliaANU College of Science

Simply the best

Everyone at ANU, from the students to the faculty and staff, supported me to achieve my vision. It was Jennifer Ozegbe who recommended I use my…

2010-2020NigeriaANU College of Asia & the Pacific

ANU primed me to become a change-maker

My name is Afnan Hanan, I studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Economics double degree at The Australian National University (ANU). Since graduating…

2010-2020CambodiaANU College of Business & EconomicsANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Tutoring keeps me connected

Since completing my Juris Doctor at ANU School of Law in 2020, I have been tutoring contract law at the University and mentoring students.  From…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Law

Big dreams in the Big Apple

My name is Kelsey Davis, I graduated from The Australian National University (ANU) in 2014 and now, I live on the upper east side of New York City. I…

2010-2020USAANU College of Law

Instant friends, long-term love

Out of all my experiences as an ANU student, two stand out as being the most impactful to my life. Number one, I found love. And secondly, I found a…

2000-2009Kuala LumpurANU College of Business & Economics