The time I worked with a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Prior to the historic election of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi in 2015, myself and 6 other students from around the world were invited by the National League for Democracy (NLD), then the opposition party, to travel to Burma to provide testimony to the federal parliament on the model tertiary funding structures of our universities. Two Macquarie students were selected to represent Australia: Myself and Nicola Amys. Attached to this program were personal meetings with student union leaders, NLD party officials and, of course, Daw Suu herself to influence the protest movement and legislative votes at the time. Burma was going through great turmoil as the government proposed to de-centralise funding to all universities, which would result in further fragmentation and division in access to education. Protests, mainly lead by the youth and students, were breaking out all across the country, with potentially deadly consequences in the military junta’s response.

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Full delegation with Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi

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