UNE students find key to success at international conference

Published 17 February 2009

goldenkeylogoSeveral UNE students and alumni have attended an international conference of a prestigious academic honour society in Canberra this month.

The Golden Key International Honour Society Asia-Pacific Conference was hosted at the Australian National University in Canberra. The theme of the conference was “Focused on the Future”.

All Golden Key members throughout the world were invited to attend the event. Keynote speakers included: former Governer General Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC, Professor Ross Garnaut, Olympic champion Ian Thorpe, Comedian Anh Do, Vice-Chancellor and President of ANU Professor Ian Chubb, and a myriad of business, community, career development and academic leaders.

The conference agenda included various workshops that took as their focus themes central to the Golden Key International Honour Society: the importance of community service, personal & career development and the changing global context.

The Vice-President of Golden Key’s UNE chapter, Nick Flood, said a private viewing at the National Museum of Australia was a highlight of the conference, along with the “Heart of the Nation Dinner” also held at the National Museum.

“It was a great opportunity to forge new friendships with other members who have also been recognised as leading scholars at their universities throughout Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand,” Mr Flood said.

Membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society is by invitation only on the basis of outstanding academic performance. Membership places individuals among a select group of individuals from around the world, eligible to join a community of high-achieving individuals with access to exclusive scholarship, networking and career opportunities, plus a host of other benefits. UNE will induct a number of new members into the society in September.

Throughout 2009, the UNE Chapter of Golden Key aims to increase its involvement on campus. This involvement will take various forms, most prominently community service initiatives. Current members of the society are urged to contact the committee at goldenkey@une.edu.au to discuss opportunities for involvement in planning and facilitating these activities.