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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Not just an education

I finished university with an arts degree and could have gone in 100 different directions with my life. Which I did, for a little while. But studying…

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New ways of thinking

My strongest influences while studying at The Australian National University (ANU) were the students around me. Now that I have graduated, it's the…

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Lifelong friendships through ANU Swimming Club

You may or may not know, but the Australian National University Swimming Club started before ANU even had a swimming pool on campus. The backstory…

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From student to teacher

I started a PhD at The Australian National University (ANU) in the 90s. It was an exciting time to study Computer Science at ANU, there was a tight-…

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United by a cause

One of the first memories I have of being at the Australian National University (ANU) was during the plebiscite for marriage equality. I was an…

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Double trouble

I had studied electrical engineering in India but wanted to move into the direction of policy, which is when I found out about the Master of Energy…

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