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On Friday, 13 July, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs bid farewell and good luck to 75 graduates across eight degree programs. Amongst them were seven PhD scholars, seven undergraduates and 61 postgraduates.
“It is undoubtedly a time of celebration. It should also be a time of deep satisfaction; you’ve all worked incredibly hard and should be immensely proud,” said David Envall, Director of Studies at the Department of International Relations as he addressed the students during the 2018 mid-year graduation celebration at the Coral Bell School.
A very special honour was given to Jamal Nabulsi who won the International Relations Master Thesis prize for his final research paper “Risky Business: A model of sufficient risk for anticipatory self-defence”.
Bell School Director Mathew Davies concluded the celebrations by reminding graduates of the big issues affecting the world, and encouraged them to take them on.
“The world faces numerous and interlocked challenges across political, economic, cultural, social and environmental spheres. All of you, in some way, will respond to those challenges, whether you become a practitioner in international affairs, an academic who studies it, or even in your role as a private citizen of your respective countries. You have been taught by some of the leading thinkers and doers in their field, and I am confident that they have equipped you with the knowledge and self-awareness to make informed and well-reasoned choices when the time comes.”
These graduates now join the ranks of over 4,500 proud Bell School alumni, and a global network of over 95,000 ANU alumni.