Businesswoman Ms Thérèse Rein and international art scholar Dr Michael Brand returned to Canberra to be honoured at the 2014 ANU Alumni Awards.
Ms Rein and Dr Brand were awarded the highest ANU honour, joint Alumnus of the Year, at a Gala Dinner held at the Hotel Realm.
In its second year, the ANU Alumni awards celebrate the University’s outstanding alumni and their achievements.
Both Ms Rein and Dr Brand acknowledge the opportunities that opened up to them after completing their education at ANU.
“I’m so grateful that I had access to a first-class education at ANU.Many people around the world do not have that opportunity,” Ms Rein says.
“Studying at ANU provided me with the inspiration to look wider and think deeper, and the possibility to work internationally as well as in Australia,” adds Dr Brand.
“Being honoured as an Alumnus of the Year means a huge amount to me because I have always wanted my work to be relevant at home, and ANU is a public university that truly lives up to its national role.”
Along with Alumnus of the Year, alumni across seven different categories were recognised.
Ms Jamila Rizvi, editor of the political opinion website Mamamia.com.au, and Mr Huy Nguyen, an advocate for people with disability and the ACT’s Young Australian of the Year, were awarded joint Young Alumnus of the Year.
Ms JuE Wong, CEO of StriVectin, the largest independent prestige skin care company globally, was awarded International Alumnus of the Year.
Ms Bettina Söderbaum was awarded Alumni Volunteer Leader of the Year for her dedicated service as a volunteer over the past three decades to both ANU and Burgmann College.
“Alumni are ambassadors of the University, and what they go on to achieve after graduation is a measure of the University’s success,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young.
“We are immensely proud of our graduates, and on behalf of the University I would like to congratulate the winners for the outstanding contributions that they make internationally and to ANU.”