The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is an annual meeting of some of the most influential people in the world. From CEOs and heads of state to social entrepreneurs and academics from leading universities, the meeting brings together diverse individuals and organisations to discuss global challenges and make concerted efforts at ‘improving the state of the world’.
Andrew Harper AO, BA ’87, ANU International Alumnus of the Year 2018, is Head of Programs for the UN Refugee Agency in Geneva, overseeing the agency’s refugee camps. He has dedicated his career to helping refugees and those suffering in the face of natural disasters, including leading the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan. Andrew’s sister, Virginia Harper, shares her perspective on the impact the boy from a sheep farm in Wagga has had on the world.
Policies on the Murray-Darling Basin have cost Australian taxpayers billions. Quentin Grafton and John Williams ask, where did the money go and what did taxpayers get in return?
Jessa Rogers, PhD ’18, has a passion for education and its role in the empowerment of Aboriginal women. In the keynote speech to this year’s Commencement, she told students and staff about the challenges in her life and how they made her strong. Here is an edited extract of her speech.
Jacqueline Bian, MBus ’11 and Mark Ma, MFinMgt ’11 first met as international students from China studying at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE). Today, they are not only happily married but are business partners in their translation company WordsTalk.
This year has been frenetic for Deputy Head of the ANU School of Sociology Dr Gavin J D Smith. Here he reflects on a typical day in the life of a snake-catching sociologist.
These days the former ANU students have a small farm in Gippsland that’s ‘mostly wombats’.
The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD, MA ’74, Dr h. c. ’17 has had a remarkable career advancing equal opportunity legislation and policies for women as well as the rights of older Australians. She was the first woman to hold a cabinet post in a federal Labor government and Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner. In recognition of her achievements she has been awarded the 2018 ANU Alumna of the Year.
Matthew Teh, BSc ’17, LLB (Hons) ’17, felt privileged to make new friendships while indulging a passion for geoscience.
It’s been several years since Zakaria Bouguettaya and Andrew Clapham graduated, but they’re still at the fingertips of about 40 per cent of ANU students and more than 10 per cent of all university students in Australia. Eva Medcalf reports.
Dr Christopher Sainsbury is an accomplished composer and a highly experienced music educator. His work and commissions range from Australian community choirs and youth orchestras to professional performers such as Erik Bosgraaf and Izhar Elias (two of the Netherlands’ leading avant-garde performers), the Spanish guitar virtuoso Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, and locally the Australian Chamber Orchestra. As an Australian composer from an Indigenous background, he directs the Australian Indigenous Composer Initiative. Relating to this heritage he fosters a sense of regional identity in his work – the articulation of regionalism in music composition. Before his appointment at ANU he was the Head of Arts, Music, Screen Studies and Theatre at Sydney’s Eora College, an Aboriginal vocational education college based in Redfern. Here he reflects on a day in his role as Lecturer at the ANU School of Music.
Melinda Walker and Adam Agius met on campus after a gig. They have been rockin’ out together ever since.
Professor Mick Dodson is retiring after almost two decades as Director of the National Centre of Indigenous Studies at ANU. Throughout his career, he has been a prominent advocate for land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He spoke with Ross Peake.
‘Canberra knows best’ simply doesn’t cut it in the national security arena. Anthony Bergin says we need a new federalism that recognises and integrates the role of Australia’s states and territories.
Dr Robert Wellington, Lecturer in Art History and Art Theory, was chosen to deliver the 2017 Last Lecture. The event is not a University award decided by a committee – students decide whom they would like to hear speaking at a 'red velvet' event in October, as a symbolic end to the academic year. Here is an edited extract of Dr Wellington’s lecture.
Elizabeth Lee LLB ’03, B Asian Studies ’03 reflects on the responsibilities of her role as lawyer-turned-politician.
Professor Ann McGrath AM says Captain Cook was not always popular with the Australian public.
ANU has announced a 10-year plan to drive the expansion of its program in engineering and computer science. The expansion in part will be led by one of the world's top technologists, Professor Genevieve Bell, who will be based within the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Bell recently joined the University from Intel, and will lead a new Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute, to be known as the 3A Institute, co-founded with CSIRO's Data61, Australia's largest data innovation network. The 3A Institute will bring together the best researchers from around the world and a range of disciplines to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data and technology and of their impact on humanity. Here is an edited extract of a speech in which Professor Bell detailed her vision.
ANU academics Frances Morphy, MA Linguistics ’77, and Howard Morphy, PhD ’78, have devoted their professional lives to studying Aboriginal language, society and art.
Emerita Professor Anna Wierzbicka’s book is the product of a program of extensive research into ways of simplifying language to make it clear, understandable and cross-translatable.
Director of the ANU North American Liaison Office, Paul Harris, BA (Hons) ’98, M International Affairs ’07, discusses his significant new role.