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Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
"I wanted to know how to think and study and progress an argument,” Burke says of her reasons for choosing arts. “I just wanted to get a good degree that would help me probably crack a graduate job somewhere."
Founder, Just Be Nice Project
Bachelor of Arts
"Arts augmented what I was interested in and taught me how to think logically and laterally. And these were skills that were invaluable in setting up my own company."
Board Member Reserve Bank of Australia
"Carol Schwartz AM is one of Australia's most dynamic business leaders with extensive experience in business, property, the arts and community organisations."
Director, Prevention of Violence against Women, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
"I think while grassroots advocacy is so important, it also needs systems and mechanisms to sit behind that to enable people, particularly young people, to have a seat at the table."
Policy Advisor for the Victorian Government
Bachelor of Global Studies
"My international experience really fuelled my interest in having an international career, and Monash helped cement that and gave me the practical skills to turn that dream into a reality."
Supreme Court Justice
"Justice Elizabeth Fullerton graduated from Monash in 1980 with an Arts degree, majoring in political science, before enrolling in graduate Law at the University of New South Wales, where she graduated in 1983."
Professor History, Yale
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) & PhD
"Monash graduate, Professor of History at Yale, Professor Ben Kiernan has over the past 30 years documented the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime and worked to bring the perpetrators to justice in front of an international tribunal."
Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Master of Communications and Media Studies
"Being bilingual has helped me enormously because I can speak to the Chinese market and the Australian market. I will always have my accent but that’s nothing to be embarrassed about – I am proud of my identity."
Founder & Director, Afghanistan National Institute of Music
"Completing his PhD in Music in 2005, Dr Ahmad Sarmast became the first ever Afghan to receive such a degree. He become the Founder and Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) which is committed to preserving Afghanistan's rich musical history and providing a safe learning environment for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."
Director Interchange and Place Development, Department of Transport Victoria
"Learning a language provides a completely different perspective and it also means you are comfortable in different environments. Cultural intelligence is a vital skill in the work force. To have the ability to be completely flexible, open, respectful and curious is really important."
Bachelor of Music
"By the time I finished my degree I had a level of proficiency and skill that no one could dispute or take away from me. This has been very important as a woman in the jazz scene."
"What continues to motivate me is the feeling that it is better to be fair than popular, and that ultimately justice is the best reward. I carry with me a strong set of values focussed on integrity and the public interest that I believe were nurtured at Monash."