The Class of 2015
The National Security College congratulates and celebrates the hard work and achievements of our 2015 graduates.
A dozen National Security College (NSC) graduating students were able to participate in the official Conferring of Awards ceremony on 18th December in Llewelyn Hall. They joined hundreds of their fellows from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific who received their award from the hands of the Chancellor, Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC.
Family, friends and staff then packed the Canberry-Springbank function rooms of the Crawford School at a reception in honour of graduands held after the ceremony. Among them was Marguerite Robb who, like most NSC students, juggled study and full time work in the public service for two years to attain her Master of National Security Policy.
Marguerite said she enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of many of the courses she took as part of the degree, some of which were directly relevant to her work as a policy adviser: “The most positive thing about the NSC are academic staff who actually know their stuff,” Marguerite said. “They’re not just theoretical academics. They’re people who’ve been working in the field who can share concrete information and insider views.”
“Another was the diversity of people taking the courses. Everyone is very knowledgeable and there are a lot of people who are already practitioners, so they’ve had the practice and are now putting the theory onto it. On the other hand, I was able to bring a historical, social and cultural perspective to national security studies that I think my colleagues found very useful.”
The NSC’s graduate studies program goes from the strength to strength. Marguerite was one of 29 students who attained an Advanced Master, Master or Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy in 2015.
If you would like more information about the program, please visit our graduate studies page.