Aidan Myatt, second year Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) student, will be presenting his research project at the upcoming PhB Symposium. We caught up with Aidan to discuss his degree, his research, and his overall life experience so far as a student at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.
Toowoomba-native Aidan Myatt enrolled in the PhB program at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) eager to explore the field of strategy and security. Under the guidance of Professor Hugh White, Aidan began work on his first major research project in the lead up to the 2016 US Presidential election. His focus was on the security challenges facing Asia if Donald Trump were to win.
Aidan’s research, titled Pivoted Away: imagining an Asia without the US, remains very topical and relevant almost a year on. While Trump’s presidency and its effects on the region have been hard to predict, Aidan considered what a Trump victory would mean for security in the region.
“I tried to be optimistic. I argue that China will be a bit more benevolent than others might argue.”
On his experiences in the program, Aidan could not be happier with the opportunities that presented to him.
“Everything you do at CAP is relevant to your studies. The events that the College puts on, like Trump 100 Days, the recent ST Lee lecture and Australia 360, reinforce what you are doing and add breadth to it. Even in a program like the PhB, where there’s already so much diversity and so much choice, having that extracurricular stuff is really awesome.”
For students considering the PhB program, Aidan offers encouraging words of advice.
“If you have a passion for something, you’ll find someone here at ANU who shares it.”
Students enrolled in the PhB program pursue a research-focused degree with one-on-one mentoring and opportunities to explore their interests beyond the classroom. The ANU Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) Symposium gives students an opportunity to present the findings of their individual research projects to prospective undergraduates.
Find out more about Aidan’s research at the PhB Symposium on 25 August. ANU College of Asia & the Pacific offers a huge variety of study opportunities and extra-curricular activities. See for yourself at ANU Open Day.