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(L-R) Thomas Deighton, Erin McCullagh, Harrison Rule

Prize Winners Thriving on ANU Experience

23rd June 2016

A combination of program flexibility and quality teaching is inspiring students and helping them to excel in their studies.

The latest crop of winners for the recently announced CAP Undergraduate Prizes shared their experiences on what made studying at the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific so special.

The option to complete a double degree at the ANU has opened new doors for students to gain a wider knowledge base and also the potential for more and different experiences.

"I think it is important for interests to develop during the time at uni. A double degree lets those interests grow and develop more" says Erin McCullagh, who is completing a double degree in Languages and International Relations.

Harrison Rule Basham Prize winner, is in his second year of a Bachelor of Asian Studies and Bachelor of International Security Studies was glad he chose to do a double degree. "At first I was worried about overlap between the two degrees. But I found both degrees complimented very well."

One of the major strengths identified by the students is the teaching quality at the ANU. Thomas Deighton feels much more confident speaking Mandarin after a year of learning Chinese at the ANU.

"The teaching standard here (ANU) is really high. I feel like I learned more in 1 year compared to 3 years at international school."

The Bachelor of Asian Studies and Bachelor of Finance student further adds that the size of the classes in CAP was great for his learning experience, "I really like the smaller class sizes. Everyone gets to know each other and there is a community feel about it."

Congratulations to all the CHL students winning awards in the CAP Undergraduate Prizes in 2015:

ANU Chinese Language Prize - Modern Chinese 2

Angela Liang, Erin McCullagh, Wing Yan Sung

ANU Chinese Language Prize - Modern Chinese 4

Thomas Deighton, Amy Meng

ANU Chinese Language Prize - Modern Chinese 6

Siew Ling Chan

Basham Prize – achieving the best aggregate result in compulsory courses ASIA1025 and ASIA1030

Declan Connor, Harrison Rule

Klestadt Prize for Japanese – achieving the best aggregate result in their four most advanced Japanese language courses

Joey Koo


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