Among the many outstanding granduands of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific for 2019, our very own Tony Gu has just graduated with a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) and a Bachelor of International Relations. Congratulations Tony!
Tony has been an integral part of our ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Strategic Partnerships Team this year while he has been completing his studies, and on Thursday had the honour of speaking on behalf of his graduating cohort as the student speaker.
He paid tribute to the diversity embodied in the CAP graduating class. He said:
“There is unique diversity within the region that we have studied, but also in our community and among our graduating cohort.
We are, indeed, the academic manifestation of diversity, whether that be through studying electoral fraud in the borderlands of Myanmar, reading books on Jawi in the dusty crevices of Menzies library, or coming up with solutions to today’s toughest policy challenges at the Crawford School or RegNet.
Our studies here have given us a global sense of community and an understanding of why local issues matter. I hope we have all acquired the skills, whether in speaking Tetum or shaping national security policy, to make a big difference to the world beyond this campus.”
“It is the shared capacity of this College’s graduates to understand the Asia-Pacific region’s economies, politics, and societies, and to be culturally sensitive yet inquisitive. It is that capacity that will drive Australia’s partnership with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region and shape a new generation of successful engagement.
And let’s not pretend that the big issues have already been resolved. This year, has been marked by courageous voices, from near and far, that have reminded us that new solutions are needed. Protests are spreading all around the world on political, economic, environmental and social faultlines. The common theme is that we need to do more together, to find space for hope and change. “
Tony is a fine example of how to build community while studying at ANU.
He has been actively involved in student societies at ANU, such as Woroni, logistics director for the National Capital Model United Nations Conference, and President of the ANU Chapter of the Australia-China Youth Association, which won the ANUSA Best Club and Society award in 2017. In 2018, he was the Managing Director of the Australia-China Youth Association, overlooking all activities and chapters in Australia and China.
In 2019, Tony was executive director of the Australia-China Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Shanghai, which held the largest gathering of youth in the Australia-China space in history. As part of his degree, Tony has studied in Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Jordan, and completed his Year in Asia program at Peking University in Beijing, China. Tony began working at the ANU in 2017 as a research intern with the ANU Malaysia Institute, he then spent a year with the ANU China Liaison Office in Beijing, and is currently part of the Strategic Partnerships team at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
The College is very proud of Tony’s achievements to date, and indeed those of all the wonderful graduands of 2019. The great historical legacy of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific is in good hands.
As a leader in building regional strategic, diplomatic, security and governance capacity, in preserving and proliferating greater understanding of our incredibly rich linguistic and cultural diversity, and upholding and representing Australia’s place in an international rules based order, our College has never been in a stronger position, nor played a more vital role.
We wish Tony well for the future and in continuing to contribute to the goals of the College in the years ahead.