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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It all started at ANU

In 1987, I was doing my honours degree in Geography. I'd just taught myself to type up my writing on the VAX minicomputer and get 132-character-wide…

1980-1989AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Embracing the journey

My name is Alex Catalán Flores, I'm currently living in London and I work as head of operations for a non-profit start-up called Suvita Suvita works…

2010-2020United KingdomANU College of Law

Third-year friendship

I'm originally from Melbourne and can remember travelling up to Canberra for the ANU Open Day. Within the first few hours of stepping on campus, I…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Arts & Social SciencesANU College of Business & Economics

Legal lessons learnt from the greats

In 1987 I was working as a judge's associate and had a place reserved at the South Australia Institute of Technology in Adelaide to take the legal…

1980-1989AustraliaANU College of Law

A culture of kindness

Growing up in Singapore, I always wanted to go to university but knew my parents couldn't afford to put me through. I decided that if I was going to…

2000-2009SingaporeANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

ANU is a family affair

For most young adults, university is a time for 'breaking away' from their parents. But when my daughter Emma began studying a Bachelor of Arts/Law (…

2010-2020AustraliaANU College of Law