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 Joanna Olivera, Bachelor of International Studies, 2011

Joanna Olivera, Bachelor of International Studies, 2011

An interest in international affairs led Joanna Olivera to study a Bachelor of International Studies at Macquarie – an interest she has turned into an exciting career. Joanna is currently working as a trade development manager for UK Trade and Investment at the British Consulate-General, Sydney, where she helps British companies export to Australia. Since starting work, Joanna says she...

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 Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Over the past couple of years we have caught up with a huge number of alumni at events and activities we have held around Australia and internationally, and have included some of their stories are below. We would love to hear from you too – if you would like to be featured in an upcoming issue of Macquarie Matters or other university publications contact us on our alumni experience page, ...

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 Meet Andre Nguyen

Meet Andre Nguyen

How do you use the skills you learned in your day to day work? In both my Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees, we were encouraged to think creatively and outside the box. While it might sound clichéd, this way of thinking helps with innovation and it develops the skills to really think on your feet, to solve problems you will face in the real world. Unfortunately in the real world, the...

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 Family grad gown brings good luck to Macquarie alumni

Family grad gown brings good luck to Macquarie alumni

Everyone has stories of their graduation, but when British Columbia-based alumnus Adrien Byrne travelled to Beijing recently to accept his Master of Politics and Public Policy degree, he wore a gown with its own stories to tell. “The gown passed down to me from my mother, Nora, who graduated from University College Dublin over 30 years ago,” Adrien says. “Her father bought the go...

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 Existentialism and Romantic Love

Existentialism and Romantic Love

Macquarie alumna Skye Cleary has penned a new existential study on romantic love. Her book, Existentialism and Romantic Love, draws on five existential philosophers to offer insights into what is wrong with our everyday ideas about romantic loving, why reality often falls short of the ideal, what can be done to overcome frustrations and disappointments, and possibilities for creating authen...

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 Edward and the Great Discovery

Edward and the Great Discovery

Macquarie alumna Rebecca McRitchie fulfilled a lifelong ambition when her children’s picture book, Edward and the Great Discovery not only hit the shelves earlier this year, but sold out of its first print run in two months. Rebecca, who says she wishes she could tell her young readers that she was raised by wolves in a snowy forest until she saved a village from the fiery peril of a disg...