Alumni Successes

Our vibrant community consists of students from over 28 countries and cultures, creating a unique and rewarding experience for students. Find out why they have chosen to study their program with us and what their experiences are like living, studying and working in Adelaide. Here are just some of their stories.

Kristin Carson

Associate Research Professor, University of South Australia Public Policy and Management Graduate

“As a scientist I can prove I can save lives; I can reduce expenditure within hospitals; I can reduce the length of stay; I can get people out of hospital quicker; I can increase a patient’s quality of life”, she said.

“What I couldn’t do was to get people to listen to me about it.

Determined to take her work and translate it into evidence and practice, Kristin decided the CMU-A Master of Science in Public Policy and Management was the perfect degree for her.

“Thanks to my CMU-A education I now have the skills and confidence to make practical real-world policy changes."

“A highlight of my career was that I prepared and personally presented a policy agenda memo on the health implications of asthma to the Hon Malcolm Turnbull when he was the Prime Minister of Australia”.

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James Tan

Software Developer, TCPinpoint, Information Technology Management Graduate

I chose CMU because it’s the #1 university in the world for analytics education. And its compulsory internship program meant that I’d get valuable hands-on experience which I thought would be beneficial when looking for a job.

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Yulin Zhou

Graduate Consultant, Velrada, Information Technology Management Graduate

Yulin Zhou, a computer science graduate from the Beijing Institute of Technology, completed a Master of Science in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA)degree at CMU’s Australia campus based in Adelaide graduating in May 2018.

Yulin undertook her internship with Adelaide-based energy resource management firm Core Energy. Core Energy specializes in providing market analysis by world-class databases and systems to support investment and business decisions for their clients.

“I’m confident CMU graduates will be at the forefront of technological change as the exploration-driven teaching approach at CMU means we have the mindset that when opportunities come, we grab them!

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Alvaro Cedeno

Executive in Residence, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Public Policy and Management Graduate

"Carnegie Mellon University Australia filled me up with an endless source of courage. In one year, the institution honed my leadership skills to a level unimaginable before I started. Carnegie Mellon gave me the sense of responsibility about how and why to better put skills I have developed to use.

"I thought I knew what I was going after, but I came out with so much more. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, CMU has given me great confidence to follow a course of action grounded on the urgency to transform global conflicts through leadership and innovation."

Himanshu Parashar

Senior Consultant, PwC Australia, Information Technology Management Graduate

"A few months into a well-paying and comfortable job with the South Australia State Government in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, I was approached by PwC recruiters for the position of Junior Risk Management Consultant. After an intensive interview, I was offered a better role of Senior Management Consultant."

Three things that made this rare feat possible was my being genuine by not trying to “sell” myself, Experience in IT and the Carnegie Mellon University Australia curriculum prepares you for such opportunities by offering courses like Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis along with core technology courses.

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Anuj Chopra

Technology Advisory Manager, BDO Sydney, Information Technology Management Graduate

Carnegie Mellon University has completely opened up the telecom and finance domains for me and demonstrated how IT helps businesses in these domains. After six months into the course, it is clearly visible to me that it will prepare me for Chief Information Officer positions in the future.

Achmad Syaiful Mujab

Settlement Supervisor, Special Investment Unit under Directorate General Treasury, Public Policy and Management Graduate

"If you are considering public policy or IT, Carnegie Mellon University is definitely the best choice. The programs include subjects that are useful to enhance your skills within a relatively short time frame."

Adriana Espejo

Manager, Coffey International Development, Public Policy and Management Graduate

"Colombian Masters Student Adriana Espejo is studying with one goal in mind – learn how to make decisions that benefit society as a whole.

Adriana left her hometown of Bogota, and job as a Tax Consultant with Deloitte, over a year ago to pursue the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program at Carnegie Mellon’s Adelaide campus.

“I have always been interested in development and finding a way to help the Colombian people, especially those in Bogota” Adriana says.

“Bogota is a city full of diversity, culture and opportunities, but it has been growing very fast.”

“We are 7.5 million people from every region in Colombia. Many people have migrated to Bogota due to internal conflict and that is creating many challenges in terms of social and economic development.”

Adriana says undertaking the Masters program will help her to address such challenges.

“The MSPPM has a practical focus with a strong theoretical framework. The combination of public policy and management has given me a very broad vision which will allow me to apply my skills in many contexts,” Adriana says.

“I think I am equipped with the necessary tools which will allow me to perform in the public as well as in the private sector with a strong emphasis on the community,” she says.

“I hope to work in positions where I am able to make decisions, because I consider I have all the capacity and willingness to work for the common welfare.”

Adriana hopes to spend some more time in Australia undertaking work experience after she graduates, before heading back home to Bogota.

“Currently I am working with Coffey International Development and it has been a wonderful experience. But I do not forget Colombia,” she says.

“I will continue learning to be even more prepared to help my country.”

Boom Enriquez

Head of Communications & Media Affairs at Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, Public Policy and Management Graduate

“It has been a trans-formative experience for me to be awarded with an Australia Award scholarship, live in Adelaide for a year and to be able to study in Carnegie Mellon University in Australia, one of the top American universities in the world.

CMU offered what I needed and wanted at this point in my life, an opportunity to take a master's degree for only a year, which is world-class, up to date and comprehensive in content and instruction. I wanted to study the best practices in both American and Australian public policy. CMU-A is not for the faint of heart; if you want to undergo world-class education, a rigorous training, development of self-leadership and character, and a meaningful master's experience, then go for it! The world will be your oyster after giving everything for a CMU degree."

Teck Jan Low

Senior Consultant, EY C3 Australia, Information Technology Management Graduate

Pablo Javier Larrimbe

Corporate Operations Engineer, Google London, Information Technology Management Graduate

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